The Art of Procrastination

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We all do it, some more than others. It’s a bad habit we try to break every New Year’s Resolution, but we continue. It keeps us up late at night doing homework, writing final papers, studying for tests we knew we had two weeks ago; its procrastination. A pesky thing to shake. Putting off our duties as students can really harm our overall academic success. Waiting to do important assignments limits ones creativity due to a looming deadline. We are not able to go the exceed our professors standards because we have to rush to reach the bare minimum. With limited time and resources, our creativity is stifled.

Another disadvantage with procrastinating is that the likelihood of skipping major components increases. Students may not refer to their grading rubric and will overlook an essential element. This can have a huge affect on the final grade of the assignment. Professors will not be as flexible about giving students another opportunity to correct their final product. While in the process of rushing we may just forget to include an important part like a certain word count, or required font.

Along with overlooking mandatory requirements, we may also miss grammatical and spelling errors. As the author of our own work, it is common for us to miss simple mistakes, that is why peer review is so important. Procrastination generally eliminates the opportunity for peer review. If we are pulling an “all-nighter”, its usually done alone. No one is there to help proof read your work, allowing grammatical errors to slip through the cracks.

Procrastinating is truly a disservice to us, but we continue to do it. It’s like an addiction that is hard to recover from. Once we begin, the vicious waiting game becomes a cycle. Some people can thrive under pressure and procrastinating may actually help them. But overall, procrastinating only hinders our academic performance. Time management skills and discipline can help get rid of procrastination but we must first recognize that we need to change and then actively work towards it.

Procrastination applies to more than just academic circumstances. It can cross over into our relationships, professional lives, and social interactions with others. We have control over our priorities and we must evaluate what is really important and accomplish those things first. Because in the end we have control over our time and no excuse like “I’ll do it tomorrow,” should suffice.

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