“Procrastination is like masturbation; in the end, you’re just screwing yourself”
I stumbledupon.com this quote while I was on my study break from studying for my Political Science exam and had a great chuckle so I decided to write a blog post about it. This problem usually arises for me during midterms and finals, or whenever I have papers and projects due. It’s way too easy to use the Internet as a way of putting off difficult tasks (studying for biochem) or things I don’t feel like doing (that trip to the gym), or even things I do feel like doing but can’t somehow drag myself out of my chair to undertake (going to get dinner).
Much of my Internet time interferes with my school-related activities– Facebook, YouTube, reading the news, skyping friends, following interesting links, especially stumbleupon.com — and I honestly think it might be taking over my life. I’m also much too prone to succumb to the urge to do online research while I’m writing, rather than just making a note and moving on–which often leads to an elongated Web session and a lower word count for the day. And even when I’m not procrastinating, I fear that the multi-tasking behavior I tend to do online– checking personal email, looking at my Twitterfeed, stalking that new Facebook album from last night, all at more or less the same time–is not good for my brain. Even on Sparknotes.com, a site I like to use to clarify and explain the difficult readings, they have ads for shopping, tutorials on how to do your hair, and the ever popular “Follow us on FB and Twitter” button which would just distract me even more than I already am.
Then, I got sidetracked again by the reading assignments under the Political Science 101 tab, but this time because I was rewriting my first political science 101 paper, so I revisited Louis Menand’s Live and Learn article from the beginning of the year and noticed that Menand highlights two theories on which matters more; the first is that only grades you achieved during your college education matter and the second is the knowledge and skills gained through college is the most important. From this, I thought, well how many other students procrastinate in college but still manage to get A’s and B’s ending their college career with a high GPA. These students have the high GPA but the process they used to achieve that (waiting until the last minute to study and end up pulling an all-nighter) is a skill that might get us through college work now, but is not a skill that should be carried over to real world jobs. But what about the students who use time management well and learn the material and do their work ahead of time, but only pass through with B’s and C’s. Their GPA just shows that they are not the ones that are trying hard in school because of their average grades.
I don’t believe looking at GPA is the correct measure employers should use to determine who they will hire. Yes, having a good GPA always makes you look smarter… if I had a 4.0, it would look so much better on my resume, but what if I had a 4.0 in General Studies but applied for an political analysis position, or such? (Not to be mean to general studies major) But surely, this 4.0 would already have an advantage over a person who received a 3.0 as an Political Science major, but the student with general studies major won’t even have a background in politics like the political science major does. Is this really fair? Once hired, what if the person with the 4.0 leave their work until the last minute, the work won’t be as good or thorough as a person who has effective time management. But as an employer, how would you determine who is a good candidate and who isn’t? Which theory of Menand’s do you support?
But on a sidenote, I really do need to fix my time management so if you also have tips that would greatly be appreciated.