A recent survey by Student Beans revealed that 80% of students spend more than 3 hours a day procrastinating. Now that summer is within reaching distance and deadlines are stacking up students are spending more time on social media than completing their final assignments.
Student Beans survey suggests that 35% spend 3-4 hours of doing nothing, 28% spend 5-6 hours and an astonishing 10% spend 7-8 hours per day wasting time and avoiding important tasks.
Why? James Read, editor of Student Beans says “There are so many distractions for today’s students, particularly when most uni work is computer-based, with Facebook just a tab away. As deadlines close in, almost everything else becomes more appealing.”
Although the internet is the easiest place to procrastinate, students don’t just turn to the computer to avoid long, arduous tasks. Household chores and monthly payments are finally acknowledged and are seen as a great diversion.
Author Michael Tefula suggests that “When the workload increases, we turn to ordinary activities to avoid doing the work that is required of us. This is why cleaning your room is more bearable (and perhaps even enjoyable) in the final term than in the first.”
How do you procrastinate and for how long?
15 most common ways of procrastinating are below.
- Complaining about your work load.
- Doing other people’s work because you’re a great friend.
- Reading the news hoping for an epidemic or strike to mean that work can’t be done.
- Looking at every Facebook friend’s profile that appears on your screen.
- Buying food you don’t need just in case the discount expires today.
- Waiting for tomorrow to start your revision because it’s the “perfect time”.
- Organising your ‘junk’ emails because you may have actually won £1 million.
- Playing Candy Crush.
- Watching re-runs of your favourite TV series in case you “missed something important”.
- Cleaning your room, bathroom, kitchen, landing, anything!
- Looking for that CD you lost 5 years ago just in case someone asks to borrow it.
- Writing to-do lists to show you’ve acknowledged your exams and essays.
- Online shopping because that top may not be in your size tomorrow.
- Taking a lunchtime nap because putting off tasks is exhausting.
- Meeting a friend who needs film choice advice immediately – it can’t wait, this is life or death!
We acknowledge our procrastination but do it anyway. How badly do you procrastinate? Take the Student Beans quiz below.