The Thing About Procrastination
Procrastination: Everyone has gone through it and anyone who says that they never have is most likely procrastinating about when to tell the truth.
If you don’t know the meaning of procrastination, the dictionary definition is: “to be slow or late about doing something that should be done: to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc.” (“Procrastinate.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.).
Most of the time, it is the second part of that definition that students fall into. A lot of times we say it is because we are too busy, too hungry, too tired or even too stressed to do something, when the real reason is that we are lazy.
It is understandable if you are pushing things back because you are busy and you don’t have time to do whatever it is you’re supposed to do. Keeping to your priorities is a valid reason. However, not doing your homework because it isn’t due until Friday and it is only Wednesday is not a good enough reason to procrastinate. If you have made it this far, you should know: Procrastination kills.
Can’t Stop But Will Stop
It could be hard to stop procrastinating, but it can be done. Here are a few ideas to help you:
Know Specifically What You Need to Get Done. A lot of times, you will have a lot of homework and just the idea of “a lot of homework” will be enough to make you avoid it. But if you actually determine what needs to be done, you may realize that it’s not as bad as you first thought.
Change Your Scenery. Let’s say that you do all of of your homework in your room. But that location is full of distractions that can divert you from doing your work, and procrastination sets in. Just going to the library to do your homework instead of staying in your room can give you that added motivation to get it done. (A quiet place to study and do your homework is the basement in the library. Don’t tell everyone, though, because that’s where I do all of my work.)
You Have Time. Often, you have time before your work is due. If it’s assigned Monday, it’s usually due Wednesday. An idea that might help you get started sooner is to break up the work. Do most of the work the day you get it, then finish it the next day. You’ll have a feeling of accomplishment while still having a little bit of freedom.
Just Do It. Sitting down and forcing yourself to get started can help as well. You will not want to waste your time sitting there and eventually you’re going to say, “Let me get some of this work done before I fail.” It also helps to get a friend to do homework with you so both of you can keep each other motivated and focused on the work that you are doing.
Procrastination can kill an academic career. Since most classes don’t meet daily, due dates can creep up on you. But procrastination can be avoided. You can be your own motivation. You want to be the best person you can be and that requires some work. Grind now and relax later. All the hard work that you are doing will eventually pay off. Tough times don’t last, only tough people.