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“A stitch in time saves nine”

The first time I came across this proverb I wondered ‘nine what? And why nine, not more or less? Actually, one of the reasons why I find proverbs interesting is that, although sometimes you cannot know the full story behind the wording, you can still understand the meaning clearly like this one, which simply means don’t procrastinate! Or in other words, doing a job or solving a problem on time is better than delaying it, because it would be more difficult to  accomplish it when delayed.

One of the well known forms of procrastination is the “Student Syndrome”. This occurs when a person waits until the last possible moment to start working on the issue/task, or replacing high-priority tasks with low-priority ones, and thus putting off important tasks to a later time. But, there is a significant difference between the student syndrome and procrastination that is, the reason for putting off the work.

A good thing about the student syndrome is that it is more like a defense mechanism; a psychological factor – not out of being lazy like procrastination (we sometimes just don’t feel like working on a task even if it is important). Having said that, when it comes to business, the student syndrome is considered counterproductive behavior to the extent of bringing projects down.

There are many online tips on how to avoid it, but I really believe that before searching for a solution, you need to know the root cause of it so that you’re able to develop a practical solution that works.

After all, time is one of the most invaluable resources on Earth – that is how I see it – no money or power can buy it, once a minute is gone then IT’S GONE!

One comment on “Student Syndrome

  1. Shalaby

    Lovely post ya bent 3ammi!

    I remember when I was in college, I was always procrastinating. But college life in the US taught me to manage my time well, mainly because very little time was lost (compared to Cairo). Since people were on time, and everyone was aware of the tasks ahead, you had enough time in the day to be productive and get your tasks over with. In Egypt, I think it’s a lot easier to procrastinate and then find yourself having to pull an all-nighter to finish off what could’ve easily been done beforehand. I’d say that, even though, as a student, I procrastinated a bit but always got assignments done, as a professional, I am almost always late 🙂

    It’s very interesting that you mention the value of time. The film we watched during the #FuckCurfewNights week was the Mexican independent “Y tu mama tambien”, and time was the main theme throughout. It talked about how time runs out, and everything dies at some point:

    In the film, Luisa’s answer in a questionnaire was that she preferred time to money and power.

    La vida es como la espuma, por eso hay que darse como el mar

    Life is like foam (on the shore), so keep going at it like the sea.

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