As I shoved my notebook into my backpack, I heard my writing fellow murmur something about an essay. I wasn’t worried. After taking every Advanced Placement English class my high school offered, I felt equipped to handle a simple essay until received Dr. Carver’s email with the prompt and instructions. I blinked at the screen and rubbed my eyes; thinking I had misread the message, I read it again. I was supposed to have the essay finished in approximately 42 hours, but I had never written a decent essay in less than four days. I was in a state of panic; all of my ideas had evacuated my imagination leaving me with a painful case of writer’s block. To me, most of good writing is good editing and proper editing requires having a window to forget your writing before returning to it: a window that 42 hours just couldn’t provide.
Procrastination is a common threat to both personal and professional productivity. It is defined as putting off or delaying something that needs to done. The "something," often varies and may be anything from a chore at home to an important project at work or in college. People procrastinate for numerous reasons such as a lack of confidence, the complex nature of the task, or simply a lack of interest or focus.
Procrastination is a Viral Disease The definition of procrastination is: the action of delaying or postponing something. Tim Urban, who conducts a speech called Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator for TED in 2016, explains that every human is a procrastinator- some more than others. I agree with everything he says in his speech because I can connect with every piece of evidence he claims, mostly including that there is a “Panic Monster” that pops up in your brain when you are close to a deadline and haven’t gotten anything done, especially when it comes from why I’m always so stressed out about school. There are two different kinds of procrastination: deadline and non-deadline.
Is procrastination natural? In other words, is procrastination genetically or biologically inherited? There are two definitions or ways people define procrastination that includes “the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time. In order for a behavior to be classified as procrastination: it must be counterproductive, needless, and delaying” (Schraw, 2007) and “similarly, it is ‘to voluntarily delay an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse off for the delay’“(Steel, 2007). From these two definitions of procrastination, it is hinting that individuals have the choice to delay something due to how they feel about it, which leads to psychology holding a firm stance on the reason to why individuals tend to procrastinate. Furthermore, procrastination is not natural but instead, tends to be developed psychologically by
The behavior I would like to modify is the level of my procrastination. Procrastination was the first thing that came to my mind as something that I wanted to try to change. I push majority of the things I have to do until the day before it is due, making excuses and thinking to myself that it can wait and does not have to be done now, or there are important things to do or that think to myself that I can do something else at the time. My goal is to eliminate or decrease the level of procrastinating.
“According to the American Psychological Association, between 80 and 95 percent of college students procrastinate on their schoolwork.” Looking at these numbers I would have to say that I’m honestly surprised, but probably not for the reason you would expect me to be. I would have guessed that the data would’ve concluded the percentage of students would have been somewhere between 99 and 100 percent. I say this because unfortunately I am a part of that disgruntled group and I know many more who also walk that dangerous path, wasting hours on snapchat watching people who on any other occasion we wouldn’t care much about, or playing any videogame swearing that the next game will be the last. Procrastination is the one thing that we all try to avoid but the harder you try to avoid it the closer it gets to grasping you in its clutches. It’s like insanity, the harder you try to ignore the problem the harder it persists
How Can We Help People Who Struggle With Procrastination? Be able to know that you are a procrastinator in order to be helped. Have a commitment to yourself to get things done and making a to do list can help. Also, creating reminders through the day to help with what’s needed to get done. Write some of your goals so you can accomplish them.
One could refer to procrastination as a stress factor; since most college students are constantly stressed they often turn to procrastination when faced with a large number of tasks. With jobs, volunteer activities, relationships to sustain, and families to entertain, students barely have time to complete their endless assignments, and time waits for no man. Even though many students consider procrastination the simple act of delaying their assignments, recent research, particularly on learning disabilities, shows that procrastination is related to lower levels of self-regulated learning and associated with higher levels of anxiety, stress, and illness; therefore, colleges around the U.S. should have programs that help improve the mental and
I am sitting in my bed, thinking about my process of writing as I am trying to go through it. It seems the more I think about it, the less I understand it. When I am writing, I don’t think. Which I know, sounds bad. But, I spend every single moment of every single day over thinking, over analyzing, and over assuming every aspect of my life. When I’m writing, I’m free from that for just a little bit. Until of course, my hands stop typing or the pencil (no pens- never pens) stops moving, then I’m right back on the carousel that is my brain. Heidi Estrem says, “...writers use writing to generate knowledge that they didn’t have before.” (Writing is a Knowledge-Making Activity 18). I believe my ability to write without an exact destination
Procrastination has negative effects on our mental and physical health, which can lead to poor sleep. Hairston and colleagues believe that procrastination is associated with sleep troubles, an association mediated by ruminative cognitions (Hairston et al., 2016). Participants completed an online questionnaire regarding procrastination; sleep troubles, rumination, emotional state, and biological clock. The results showed that in evening types procrastination positively correlates with sleep trouble, negative affect, and rumination. However, for morning types there is no correlation between procrastination and sleep disturbances. Thus, the results from this study will have an impact on treatment and interventions of insomnia and procrastination