“Today is what? Oh my God, I am late again, why did I put off doing that presentation?” Does that sound familiar? -or- “I know that the paper is due in a couple of days, but my favorite show is on if I watch it now I still have time to throw something together.” -or- “I just cannot do this, what if it doesn’t turn out right and I fail?”
Procrastination, or the putting off of something that needs to be done, is a characteristic of many people, especially students.
Students are not the only ones with this affliction, adults are chronic procrastinators. They pay bills late, taxes late, get to work late, work on projects the night before they are due. If you kids are watching you they are probably procrastinators too. How many times have you yelled at your kids for telling you their science project is due the next day, and this is the first you have heard about it?
Procrastination is a serious problem and can cause a domino effect when practiced continually. It can cause undue stress, arguments between spouses and frustration for students and professors.
When you procrastinate you are placing a burden on those around you, and they will eventually lose trust in your ability to come thru on important projects. This can cause partners that you work with on a project in school, co-workers, and your boss to become resentful.
We Make up Excuses-Why/ Justification
Not only do those that put off what they need to do, they come up with some excuses that are similar in all cases of those that procrastinate. Here are some of the excuses used:
1.Sticky notes on your desktop/mirror/books
2.Set reminders to your phone/create calendar reminders
3.Keep color coded rubber bands on your wrists
4.Ask a friend to help you remember
If you find that after trying all of these suggestions that you still are procrastinating, you may do well to read this article based on time management. Although it was written primarily for Psychology students, we found it helpful.