Yup!! You got that right, it bites, robs you off a good night’s sleep and leaves you feeling a touch whoozy or may be light headed by the time its effect wears off.
Now in case you are wondering what Procrastination really means, well as per the wikipedia: “Procrastination is a type of behavior which is characterized by deferment of actions or tasks to a later time.” In short it is about being lazy to the extent of being counterproductive. I suppose the point about how does it relate to me does arise, and please do not judge me on this but I have been absolutely lazy about a certain coursework. While the group meets up in about 6 hours from now, yours truly is far from done with his part and thus realises the flipside of his laziness. Frankly, I had loads of time to get my task done but then I chose to be lazy and do other stuff which never really contributed much except perhaps satisfying the momentary cravings of pleasure.
To be honest, if you are in the b-school, you have to be on your toes. The past year has been too volatile and dynamic for one to put up the feet and just read up all that has been written in hand-down notes. It’s all about staying upto date. I thought, I was done with that sort of thing when I quit the world of software, but then….
Anyhow, coming back to the act that has been all fidgety now, I must say it made me ponder on the kind of effect it is now going to have on my teammates, how it affects the team, the efficiency. The answer is negative. Its not good at all. This is something I learnt ages ago, something I had to follow everyday, everyhour for 3 long years but looks like I had taken certain liberties after quitting my job and packed away certain valuable traits.
So, I tell this from experience and having committed the mistake; should you procrastinate you show serious disrespect to your teammates who have put in their due share of hard work, you raise a question on your sincerity and dedication. These are situations one should never get into. Between friends and classmates, you might get away with a sheepish grin and a last minute turn around. But in the professional world, it might amount to the termination of a good career. A full stop!!
To round it up, there is no business in this world which would tolerate procrastination, not even the business of being a student!!