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Student Syndrome

So What Is Student Syndrome

Putting off starting because it's not due for ages. It is used to refer to students because many are given projects that are not due for several weeks, in order to allow them to research or read particular books. But because it is not due for weeks, the research is not done, nor the books read until panic starts to set in about writing and presenting the project.


This is also known as procrastination - putting off until tomorrow what should be done today! Comes from the Latin - Pro = For, cras = tomorrow.

Not Only Students

Problem is, I still suffer from this, even though I left my students days behind long ago. One of my granddaughters lives with me. She has been away on holiday for a week and I wanted to tidy her room. She is due back today and I left a lot of the tidying to be done today.

Big Wind

Last night we had a lot of wind and rain and it brought down a lot of our apples, which of course, then needed to be picked up and shared with neighbours. So although I don't have a deadline to present a paper, I am now behind on doing the tidying I had left until today, instead of doing bits of it earlier in the week.

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VinceSummers wrote on September 4, 2022, 4:46 PM

I'm not a procrastinator exactly. Maybe in a way. I can pretty tell how long it will make me to get on top of a matter. I wait until then. Maybe you could call that a "confident procrastinator".

MegL wrote on September 4, 2022, 5:40 PM

LOL. I enjoyed reading, many years ago, an article by a lecturer who claimed he was the biggest procrastinator ever, yet everyone around him marvelled at how much he got done. He used a special "trick". You know how if you have a big project to get started on and get done that small jobs like washing dishes or cleaning the car suddenly become top priority and "have to be done" before you can tackle the big project?
This professor set himself some really big projects to do, so of course all the smaller jobs, like writing articles, marking papers, etc, became the equivalent of washing the dishes or the car and he got all those jobs done, while always intending to get those big projects started!

VinceSummers wrote on September 4, 2022, 6:03 PM

Interesting. An interesting perspective!

MegL wrote on September 15, 2022, 8:02 AM

VinceSummers I have remembered the title of the article - structured procrastination. Written about 1949, I think. It's on a site called structuredprocrastination . com Someone put it up when the original site disappeared after the author died.

Last Edited: September 15, 2022, 8:03 AM