Law-student-in-the-modern-world procrastination techniques

PART I: Getting there (10 to 45 minutes)

  1. Leave at-times noisy, distraction-filled house for coffee house.
  2. While driving, consider what coffee shop is most likely to have a large table, near an outlet on a Sunday.
  3. Consider the free wi-fi situation of every option.
  4. Arrive at favorite home-town coffee shop which features nice tables, free wi-fi, tasty soup and delicious brew.
  5. Park, get all my crap and enter cafe.
  6. Get dismayed, as the cafe is full of children!
  7. Experience high level of let-down as you realize a folk singer, his ukulele and his partner who appears to specialize in a variety of drums are about to start a kid’s concert taking up most of favorite cafe.
  8. Turn around and leave.
  9. Drive to option two.
  10. Consider how to go five or so hours without the soup break.
  11. Deal with it.
  12. Get latte, find big table near outlet. Smile about it being mostly empty here.

PART II: Starting an outline (1 hour)

  1. Open a new Word file.
  2. Open up Notebook for Mac file, or whatever program you use for note-taking.
  3. Open all the other sources, ie. other people’s outlines.
  4. Decide between Pandora and iTunes. (This involves an analysis about how good the wi-fi connection is).
  5. Open a Lexis and wikipedia tab in Firefox (WP, sadly, is key to confirming my understanding of “important” cases).
  6. Post a facebook status about how I’m really going to start an outline now.
  7. Organize all the stuff open so that I can easily jump between all the information sources.
  8. Back to the new Word file.
  9. Look through fonts and pick one that will look pretty for 20-50 pages.
  10. Pick an outline format. Usually numbers or interesting-looking bullets.
  11. Check FB.
  12. Oh my! A friend commented “good luck” on my status.
  13. Comment back.
  14. Open book.
  15. Start actual outline.
  16. Feel productive.

PART III: Intermediary distractions (any amount of time one chooses)

  1. Watch the weird baristas dance around and apparently flirt with eachother. This is better when you have headphones and music on, since you have no clue whether some actual conversation accompanies the odd behavior.
  2. Take a moment to look at photos of cute babies your friends just posted on FB.
  3. Write a blog post about wasting time. (Doesn’t take long in this case since you’ve already been thinking about how much time you’ve wasted and why).
  4. Read about how the plastic-looking water cup I’m drinking from is in fact “green,” – made from corn!
  5. Consider what to eat for dinner (I am, after all, eating for two).
  6. Wonder in amazement that people come to coffee shops just to play video games for hours at a time.
  7. Keep checking and responding to new comments on FB.
  8. Think about what a loser you are for being 30 and still unable to avoid FB.
  9. Think about how sad it is that you are 30 and have not even remotely outgrown procrastination.

4 Responses to Law-student-in-the-modern-world procrastination techniques

  1. je says:

    this was amazing. i laughed so hard. and then forgot to finish outlining Con Law before my take-home exam. i’m following your blog!

  2. I go through this every day. This is what it’s truly like to be a law student.

  3. Lawful Lady says:

    lmao! true. at least you eventually get it done, does it really matter how you get there? btw, i tagged you!

  4. molly says:

    Hi! Sounds like a hectic day.

    Also, I tagged you for an award on my blog. I’ve been reading your blog for a little while, sorry to be a bit of a creeper! I start law school in the fall so I’ve been reading blogs to gather more of a perspective on the experience.

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