Procrastination vs Having a good time || IIT Kharagpur (2022)

May 3, 2022 | Acharya Prashant

Questioner (Q): When we are with our friends on the campus, we usually end up wasting our time doing all kinds of nonsense. It serves no real purpose and takes us nowhere, but we do need to relax sometimes and enjoy ourselves. The problem is that this usually leads to procrastination, and then a lot of pressure is created because we lose time and cannot meet our deadlines. On the other hand, enjoying our time here does have some importance also. So, how should we maintain a balance between enjoying and managing the time and the deadlines?

Acharya Prashant (AP): Managing deadlines in context of what?

Q: In context of everything. Like when we are in college, we have assignments. And there are exams, and an exam is also a deadline to complete a particular subject. Even at workplaces we have deadlines to achieve a particular target.

AP: So, you are asking how to adhere to the deadlines while simultaneously enjoying what you are doing?

Q: Yes.

AP: You see, a deadline is required only when you are in a system, a corrective system, an educational system. The presence of a deadline simply means that you are still not mature enough to do things on your own in a timely way, right? So, the first thing that you need is acknowledgment that you are still not there in terms of loving what you are doing; otherwise, a deadline wouldn’t have been needed at the first place, or even if the deadline would have been there, it would have been irrelevant; in spite of its presence, it would have had irrelevance.


Acharya Prashant is an emerging champion of socio-spiritual awakening in the world today. An alumnus of IIT-Delhi and IIM-Ahmedabad, and a former Civil Services officer, Acharya Prashant is an acclaimed Speaker, Vedanta Teacher and author of over 50 books. Apart from that he wears various hats: a veganism promoter, an environmental activist, a science activist, a campaigner against superstition, and a champion of essential human freedom. Know More