Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? Where every second post on Facebook was of a mate tipping a bucket of ice water on themselves?
Follow on from our health feature story for the week – Chasing Promotions and PB’s: The Role of Fitness in Workplace Performance – we had a chat with two bona fide fitness gurus, Mark De Luca and Timothy Hui.
THE EVOLUTION OF FITNESS: FROM CAVEMEN TO GYM RATS
Fitness. For some, the word may conjure images of spandex-clad individuals sweating profusely whilst engaging in some peculiar movements (burpees, anyone?).
pro·cras′ti·na′tion; Noun: The natural enemy of the university student
Every year around SWOTVAC a great battle begins, with students trying to buckle down and prepare for exams. However there is one ugly undefeatable beast that stands in their way: procrastination.
Now I wouldn’t call myself an Instagram addict (I probably fall into somewhere between an intermittent user and a hashtag whore) but SWOTVAC has given me a new obsession. From documenting my procrastination, scrolling through an endless feed of photos and stalking people my discover page, I’ve probably clocked about hundreds of hours on Instagram in the past week alone.
I have tried it all in an effort to avoid procrastination. Handed my phone over to friends. Turned wifi off. Barricaded myself in the library for hours on end. Left the country, in the vain hope re-locating myself across an ocean would create some new-found flow of efficiency. Turns out, I’m just as inoperable in one country as I am in another.
They say SWOTVAC is a week designated for the semester’s revision – but for most of us we have to actually learn the content before we can revise it. It’s an emotionally tumultuous period, as you spend the better part of a week in a library and permanent state of study-haze.
SWOTVAC: The darkest hour of student life. The notorious 7-day period when grooming and bathing are foregone, tracksuit pants become your wardrobe staple, venturing outside is a thing of the past, dazed is your permanent state of being and your communication skills revert to that of our primitive ancestors.
Do you find that your tech always happens to die just after the warranty runs out? Do you get a new phone every year? Is this all a coincidence? Apparently not. We owe it to something called planned obsolescence: the deliberate design of products to shorten their lifespan.