Procrastination

Procrastination

Elisha Schecter

As work piles up and due dates approach, many students find themselves thinking “I’ll do the assignment tomorrow night, it’s not due for another few days.” Eventually those days go by and they find themselves on the night before that test, project, or assignment is due. All students are guilty of procrastinating. The question is, why do we do it? How do we break out of that habit? 

According to the New York Times, procrastination stems from emotions such as boredom, anxiety, and self doubt. Procrastination is not necessarily tied to laziness but instead about feeling incapable of completing tasks especially when they are stressful. Many people also procrastinate because they fear failure. Procrastination sometimes ties into perfectionism, ADHD, and even depression. 

If you’re a procrastinator don’t give up! There are several ways to help yourself improve. First, every student should know that you won’t always be on top of every single assignment and test. It’s ok to procrastinate sometimes if you had a rough day, need a break or if you’re drowning in work. Secondly, know what you’re capable of. By working in smaller increments over a longer period of time your work will pay off and you will see a drastic difference. Be confident and face your work. Even though it may be rough at first, slowly but surely you will get into the habit of being a dedicated, hard worker.