There will always be turmoil, cost and failure that comes with last minute rush. But what is in the bucket if we have to shoot our shot at the last minute? What, at the end of the day, do we have to gain? Even with the question in mind, it is worth mentioning that when it is a matter of life and death then it is always a do or do it situation.
To put this into perspective, imagine being given an assignment at the beginning of the semester. We have at least three months to do the given task. Normally, we will wait till almost the end of the semester to start doing the work. While this is a common behavior, there are several theories explaining why this is so but the one I’ll touch on is temporal motivation theory.
Temporal Motivation Theory
According to Lumen Learning, Temporal Motivation Theory (TMT) “emphasizes the impact of time and deadlines on our motivation to complete tasks.”
“TMT argues that the perceived usefulness and benefit of an activity increases exponentially as the deadline for completing nears. It is particularly useful for understanding human behaviors like procrastination and goal setting.”
From the above statement,it is not laziness that triggers last minute rush but what the person sees useful and beneficial when the time of submission or completion nears. Thus, a student will do his or her assignment late at night, a few hours before the deadline or even past the deadline because to the student, the assignment is so important at that particular time.
To even expound on the same, the student has a variety of choices when the s/he has a lot of time. There is a choice of socializing, playing FIFA, watching movies and even going on a hike. At this point,these needs will be fulfilled before the assignment because they really matter at that particular time. However,when the deadline arrives, the student will rush to do the work because it really matters (Grades do matter a lot.)
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
Maslow’s school of thought is simple and straight. That human needs are ranked in a hierarchy. That needs at the lower levels have to be fulfilled before higher level need.
Therefore, a class project that is due months later will lose to a Showmax movie date due to the immediacy of the movie date compared to the project deadline. Somehow, miraculously, students will miraculously complete their assignments and submit them in what my folks call,”On the dot,”- just at the submission time.
To explain this phenomenon,we will dig into the soils of Parkinson’s law and unearth what he has for us. The law suggests that, “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” That if something was to be done within an hour and that goal was set that way,then it will be accomplished within an hour. However, critics argue that this law should not be applied in in unrealistic goals like beating unimaginable deadlines.
It is thus not laziness (though it can be sometimes) that students will almost always have last minute rushes, but the psychological and behavioral aspects of the phenomena. While it is crazy, perilous, not acceptable and costly, when the mission is accomplished,then we say “Yesu ni bwana.”(Jesus is Lord)
It is thus good, as a campus student, to plan your schedule well so as not to get cost with the burden of procrastination that could mean poorly done work,lateness and even incomplete grades in your final grades.Furthermore,you are highly advised to balance between your needs so as to work on satisfying the most important ones first.