As a student you do it all the time; you just don’t realize that you are doing so. That’s the beauty of the “Student Syndrome.” It’s when you pester your professor to give you more time to complete a project. “Given more time, we’ll do a better job,” is your common line of argument. But given that extra time, you still manage to delay working on the project till the nth hour. You once again wish that you had more time to complete the project. This phenomenon is called the “Student Syndrome.” It’s not that you don’t want to do it, but somehow other tasks always take precedence.
When I look back at the past year, there have been quite a number of such occasions. You don’t necessarily have to be a student to observe this in action. Ostensibly, the same phenomenon is observed at the work place. You keep procrastinating on the completion of a task, and before you know it, you are the victim of the “Student Syndrome.” It’s the bane of any project manager. For me, it was those pesky time-sheets. I am quite sure G will agree with me. I never saw the point in recording 8 hours a day every day or 40 hours a week every week. Why don’t we just automate the same and resort to manual interventions only when there are exceptions?
Finally, how did I learn about the “Student Syndrome?” By being a victim of the same during my Global Delivery and Program Management end terms.