I know we all procrastinate from time to time. Why do now that which I can put off until tomorrow seems to be their mantra. And there is so much competition for their time. Unfortunately, the threshold for external stimuli is pretty low for many students. My favorite reason for procrastination is that by waiting to write that paper, the student will be older and therefore wiser. So the paper will sound better, because you’re older and wiser? Good one…

Ultimately, it’s about pain and pleasure. Humans do things either to gain pleasure or avoid pain. It is easier to put off the pain of doing our taxes than to pursue the pleasure of having our taxes done. And we all are willing to work harder to avoid pain than to gain pleasure. Dealing with the short-term is in our DNA. I can’t worry about gathering firewood for next month… the mastodon might catch and eat me today!