Hamlet constantly procrastinates from his objectives, which is relatable because we all have procrastinated from things at some point or another. A common consequence of this is disappointment from our peers and ourselves in failing to do what was tasked of us. The question that arises from this is why do we procrastinate?
Hamlet is procrastinating mostly not out of his own volition. He keeps on being delayed by the actions of others. He did not ask for Polonius to engage in conversation with him, nor did he ask for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to visit him and bring the players, it just happened. This actually is relevant because it relates to how we don’t always procrastinate because we don’t want to do something.
Most instances of procrastination come from the actions of others, often in the form of unexpected events, such as visits where you have to put a hold on prior plans in order to interact with them. Emergencies might arise in which all preconceived notions of peace and order get thrown out the window in order to deal with the problem. There are, however, the time old reason of not doing something because of a lack of motivation to do it.
Some interesting questions arise from this situation of procrastination. Why were we given the ability to procrastinate? Is it just a glitch in our biological code, or is it intentional? Why is it so difficult to overcome the desire to procrastinate, and yet so easy at the same time? These are all thought provoking questions. My answer to these questions is that procrastination is a response developed to prevent the stagnation of our brains. It is not a glitch, nor is it intentional, as it is more of a side effect of our having the ability of free will. The reason it’s so difficult to overcome is because it is all psychological. The more you think about it, the stronger the desire to not do something becomes, but if you don’t think about it and just do it then it’s easy.
The consistent procrastination from Hamlet can be related to why we ourselves procrastinate. Hamlet’s reasons are more from the actions of those around him, much like a lot of our reasons for procrastinating. Sometimes we don’t want to do work so we find some other activity to occupy ourselves, other times we get interrupted by other events and activities.