Whatsoever you have to do, do it quick and don’t be a victim. This monster called Procrastination adversely affects all facets of life; it is a time thief. I believe that every person (especially youths) have similar reasons for procrastinating. Some of them are:
- Immediate gratification for instance Pleasure Seeking: – to avoid negative emotions you delay stressful tasks.
- The assumption that there is plenty of time.
- Lack of proper prospective and poor time management.
- Perfectionism and fear of failure.
- Lack of self confidence
However the biggest culprit among the reasons why we procrastinate is “Excuses” Most people procrastinate because they give an excuse like “I can perform better under pressure” but that’s a LIE, you are under pressure now (this very moment) and you still don’t work at all. But you continue to shift (postpone) your tasks, and when it’s time to perform better under the so called pressure you begin to complain that the time is not enough. This is the disease “Excuses”. Losers Make Excuses; Winners Make Progress. Going through several articles and websites, as I researched on
procrastination, I found out that incredibly students who procrastinate had significantly higher levels of stress and low wellbeing, and these students also have the likely tendency to smoke, drink, suffer from insomnia, stomach cramps, cold, flu and lower grades. Luckily for everyone, I’m not just here to complain, I offer these suggestions and possible solutions!
- Don’t postpone what you can do now for later (Make hay while the sun shines)
- Examine why you are tempted to delay your task and deal with the cause immediately
- As a student design a schedule for reading and other different activities and ensure you follow it properly (manage your time well).
- Do not allow the attitude “I will do it later be your life style” because later may become late for you to regain what you have lost. Be wise!
- No more excuses! It’s either you Do it or you don’t, but please don’t make excuses. Stop using your incredible brain to cook up elaborate rationalizations and justifications for not taking action.
- Don’t be stagnant; do something, do anything. Get on with it. Repeat to yourself if it’s to be, it’s up to me!
We all know what is important, we all know what we must do, it takes considerable will power to always ‘do the right thing” in every situation. It takes both self discipline and will power to resist the temptation to cut corners/take the easy way/act for short term advantage. Do what is right and necessary before what is fun and easy