Ah, the Internet! Such a paradox, isn’t it? On one hand, it’s an incredibly useful tool and makes life so easy for people; you have at your fingertips total access to just about anything: email, shopping, social networking, the news, videos and music, numerous encyclopedias, dictionaries, periodicals, research tools, how-to sites, even e-books. However, on the other hand, you have endless amounts of useless information or websites that lend themselves quite well to…procrastination. And lucky for me, I happen to be a hard-core procrastinator (with or without the help of the Internet).
I claim to work best under pressure, but really, working under pressure is pretty much all I’ve ever known. I wish I could break that habit (and I’m sure if I tried hard enough, I could), but for as far back as I can remember I’ve been a “get it done the night before” kind of girl. Despite the length or importance of my to-do list, I always find something to distract myself with, and for the last few years, it’s been the Internet.
Well, about two weeks ago, I promised myself that I’d temporarily give up any and all “time wasting” internet activities—Facebook, YIM, Sweet, online Tetris (yes, I play online Tetris…don’t judge!) and a few others —in order to increase my daily productivity. How long did I last? Umm…about two days.
Now, I could’ve just given up completely and gone back to my old procrastinating ways. And at first I did. But then last Sunday I was sitting in my living room at about 11pm, staring at Facebook and stressing over the seemingly endless list of stuff that I need to get done between now and the end of the semester, and this bitter feeling of disappointment came over me: Am I really this undisciplined? I can’t even stay away from Facebook, etc. for a few weeks? That’s pretty pathetic.
Upon having this revelation, I quickly ‘IMed’ my friend Sarah who happened to be on Yahoo Instant Messenger at the time:
“Can you do me a huge favor?” I asked. “This is going to sound kind of ridiculous and strange, but if I give you all my login information for my Facebook, YIM, etc., will you log in and change my passwords on each one so I no longer have access to them?” I then explained precisely why I was doing this, and Sarah, lovely person that she is, agreed to help me out without even the slightest bit of hesitation.
So, since Sunday, April 18th, I have not logged on to Facebook, nor have I checked any of the other useless, procrastination-inducing websites that I normally visit. (So if you’re wondering why I haven’t been online as much, now you know!)
How does it feel? Pretty strange. I didn’t realize until I gave it up just how severely addicted I am to Facebook. But if I’m serious about finishing this semester on a strong note, then that’s the measure to which I must go. Of course, I still have my blog, YouTube, and several other online procrastination options, but I’m really going to try to avoid them, at least until finals. Err…well…except for my blog. But I don’t use this thing on a daily basis anyway, so I think I’ll be okay.
So, friends (especially those of you who are currently reading this via Facebook Notes), see you in a few weeks. The end of my college career draws nigh! =)