To procrastinate is to put off doing something out of casual carelessness or common laziness. It often needlessly postpones or delays events or objectives in your life which can effect others. Procrastination is almost like a drug in your life, because once you start doing it a little bit, it slowly adds up to a dependency that you will find to be common habit. Although this is what we all perceive procrastination to be bad, there are some benefits to it. It can have beneficial impact on how you take pressure, or how well you can act when time is limited.
Procrastination is something that you don’t naturally have an innate ability to do. It is often brought on by finding ways around things such as due dates. It will mostly start off as not doing small homework assignments or even just simple house-hold chores that you try to put off as long as possible just to be able to play more. Or when you are even doing homework, such as a essay, you can find your self having a multitude of characteristics of it. Some may be just seem like difficulty concentrating or daydreaming. You may think that you are just having a small writers block, but you could actually possibly be subconsciously procrastinating because you know u you don’t want to do this, so you delay it.
Amazingly how so many high school, and college students do this, not many seem to realize the consequences of it until its to late. Some of the smaller problems may be just a few late points here and there, or just not doing entire homework assignments. But it will progressively add up in most cases, the student will start to not study like they know they should be, but rather they go and do something else that isn’t as beneficial. After a while that people start to do this they think its not bad, even thought they are missing a few points here and there from lowered studies and completed work. But it can eventually lean up to skipping classes, which is one of the worse things you can do while in college, since generally there are no make ups for missed assignments and test. This can then hurt your grades entirely, and therefore may have you retake certain classes or take another year. This in turn can cause financial problems if it where to happen on multiple occasions, then can effect your later life on paying off the bills or charges that were made from it.
Procrastination is not always a very bad thing though; there are some points in your life that it could prove to be a plus. If done enough you will be use to doing things last minute, which could possibly help you in your career with handling pressure when you boss tells you do something within a set amount of time. Also extended amounts of doing this bad habit could help you learn to take pressure better, as example when you have a huge paper due by the next morning and you need to keep your self calm or else it will show when your writing the paper. Even though these sound like positive measures to procrastinating they are really not worth the difference with the negatives to the bad habit. Both of these could be worked on with out having to procrastinate.
Once you get deep into this habit, it acts like a drug and you will find it extremely hard to rid your self of. You may start to get better at not using it, then one slight slip up and you’re back to ground zero just like an addicted drug user or alcoholic. At least there are solutions to solving your problem, and they are far from hard as some may think. One of the simplest ways to stop you self from starting to procrastinate on your next project, or manor is to set your self a list of objectives and goals. Make them like small steps so that you will find each to be easier then to just jump into the problem and try to solve it all at once; this is what usually starts the process or adds to it. You may want to isolate your self from all possible distractions, such as TV, computer, and especially friends if its something like a report that you are writing. Friends can tend to press peer pressure onto you and will not help you get done what is needed what so ever. Also another large thing people tend to skip or just not do is to never work for long periods of time. If you continuously work for say over 2 hours straight you will get sloppy in your work, take beaks that will allow you to reset your mind, and refresh it.
So even thought procrastination is a fairly easy habit to gain, it doesn’t have to be hard to rid your self of. Just remember that if you really don’t feel like starting a report, or chore at the time, give your self a few minutes or take a small break that will place your mind on something else. After that then come back to the problem, and you should find your self to easily find a answer compared to before. Just don’t let your mind put up its mental blinders that only show you the short term good of why to not do something, but see past it and think about what could happen if you don’t get this done when it should be.