Procrastination pain: Keele University law student’s video about wasting precious revision time goes viral

350,000 views and counting

A final year law student at Keele University has made a film about one of the most relatable topics around: wasting time procrastinating instead of studying. So relatable in fact, the video has racked up over 350,000 views.

The two-minute clip, embedded below, follows Adam Mawardi, an aspiring lawyer who struggles to get through a Monday morning deadline day.

After changing locations a total of three times, LLB-er Mawardi, his Mac laptop and stationery finally get comfy in the library, but the pull of social media proves too powerful.

An Instagram and Snapchat splurge later, Mawardi — who can be seen surrounded by tort law textbooks in the video — is faced with further concentration-testing challenges.

He spends some time meditating, stretching and taking a trip to the vending machine, after which you’d think Keele legal research assistant and digital ambassador Mawardi would be ready to crack on with his work. You’d be wrong.

Suddenly, however, after an impromptu trip to the coffee shop Mawardi miraculously manages to curb his wasting time tactics and his essay word count shoots up.

Freedom, he thinks, but not before he wakes up and realises he’s fallen asleep in the library and his word count is still a big fat zero. “Stop wasting time”, a post-it note in the video’s final screen ends.

The piece has had a great reception, as can be seen from its 2,000 shares and 6,000 likes. One Facebook user noted they’d “never seen anything so accurate”; another said: “I haven’t seen anything I can relate to as much as this video”.

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