Opinion | The one downside to springtime

Maura Kate Mitchelson, opinions editor

Ah, springtime. The days are longer, the sun is (usually) shining, the flowers are blooming and … no one has any motivation left.

Students and professors alike walk around campus with their heads down and a dazed look in their eyes. It seems like every person I know has been having an “off” week for the past few weeks. I’ve seen Snapchat stories of people just shaking their heads and finsta posts describing procrastination habits and breakdowns.

Now that the tans are fading and the tease known as spring break is behind us, reality has started to set back in. Final projects with due dates that once seemed to be far away are coming up much too quickly.

It took me well over an hour to build up the motivation to write this column, and column-writing is something actually I enjoy. I showered, perused through some clothing websites and started a load of laundry, all in the name of being productive – while still managing to avoid what I actually have to get done.

I’ve already opened Instagram four times and I don’t even have 200 words written, so you can only imagine how difficult it is for me to get myself motivated to do something I don’t normally enjoy – like homework or cleaning.

During the rest of the school year, I pride in with being on top of my assignments and obligations, but as summer inches closer and my lack of sleep begins to catch up with me, I find myself spending most of my time procrastinating. I’ve even caught myself, on a few occasions, procrastinating by looking up ways to avoid procrastination (like by setting a deadline and getting rid of distractions) and reasons why people procrastinate (like a lack of structure).

I’m sure I’m not wrong in assuming that many college students can relate when I say that I continue to act this way because deep down, I know that panic will set in and eventually, I’ll get it together and finish the task on time.

I have to be ready to leave and go somewhere in an hour? All right, I’ll lie in my bed doing nothing for 40 minutes and then rush through my routine in 20. In the moment, it can be stressful, but the end result is the same. I see it as a different take on time management.

Trust me, I know that this is certainly not the most effective way to go about a task, but it’s just where I am right now. By the time I’m working this summer and then when school starts back up in the fall, I’ll be back to my old ways of handling things in a timely manner. But with the prospect of a break from my hectic schedule and the idea of warm weather on my mind, I’m a bit distracted.

I understand that it’s much easier to just do nothing, but we all have something we need to do. From what I can see, it seems pretty normal to go through a rough patch this time of year. I have faith that the “off week” phase will pass soon enough and life will return to normal for everyone.

But for now, I’ve gotten on Instagram so many times while trying to write this that my phone is dying – I need to take a minute or two so I can gather up the strength to walk over to my charger and plug it in.