An Exercise in Procrastination
One example of procrastination I
can think of was when I first went back to university in the early 1990’s.
It had been a long time since I had studied and, frankly, I was a little
scared. My first course was in Canadian history; my first task:
to write an essay. In fact, I had to write six, but the first one was the
worst, by far. The difficult part was that I had no time limits because my
course was taken through the Open University. Since this was before I
owned a computer, all my work had to be done on an electric typewriter.
That alone was a good reason to procrastinate. On this machine I could make
mistakes and waste paper. Researching and writing
a history essay, you may know, requires piling up notes, and referencing
every thing you write. What a horrible task! What a long time it took!
Finally, however, I was able to hand in my first paper. A B+. Not too bad
for a first effort, I thought. I did get better at it eventually and
finished the course in only eight months. After that, I returned to my old
school, Simon Fraser University, and took courses with firm deadlines. Not
that I didn’t procrastinate—I did, often—but with a date circled on
the calendar, I always finished my courses in the required thirteen weeks.