Procrastination is a problem that almost everybody in the world faces at one point or another. We put things off because we do not want to do them, or because we have too many things on our plates. Procrastination refers to the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention. (Procrastination. n.d.). Doing something from which onebrings enjoyment, and putting off important tasks to a later time. Some people learn how to overcome it, by forming good habits. But others, including myself, find it difficult to stay on task and not put things off. I realize that the more I procrastinate, the longer my goals and dreams will take to be met. I do not want to put my success on hold any longer. Procrastinators let enjoyableactivities get in the way of important tasks. A procrastinator may prefer to go out and socialize, instead of studying. Surfing the internet (for hours) instead of researching and writing that paper that is due next week. Most people who procrastinate do it to escape tasks that are unpleasant, difficult, or boring.
Evaluate yourself and the outcome of your actions, that way you can find out if you needto do something about your procrastination. Procrastination can have external consequences, you get a bad grade on the paper, because you did not turn in a paper, or internal consequences, you feel anxious and overwhelmed, because you have not started that paper that is due this week.When your procrastination leaves you feeling discouraged, overworked and is holding you back from success, it istime to take action.
An online survey by The Procrastination Research Group posted the question, "To what extent is procrastination having a negative impact on your happiness?" of the 2,700 responses: 46% said "quite a bit" or "very much" and 18% claimed "extreme negative effect." (Maryasis, J. 2002). This statistic is very interesting, due to it reaffirms that procrastinating is a behavior thatneeds to be corrected immediately. This habit will not only interfere with your success, but your emotions.
Surveys of student populations suggest that procrastination is pervasive with some surveys suggesting that 85-95% of students have problems associated with procrastination. (Procrastination Statistics. 2007) Procrastination, when it comes to going after your goals, is usually because offear. Nevertheless, we like to tell ourselves that we are in control of the situation, because we are perfectionist. That we are too busy and that is why we are choosing to put off the project, but we can start any time, and things will be fine. Here are the four main reasons why we do it. First, believe or not is because we are afraid. We are afraid of failure, without even knowing results. Wetend to put important and challenging things off, because we are scared of how it will turn out and we avoid working on it, in order to avoid the feeling of fear.
Second, we expect ourselves to be perfect. Perfectionism may at first seem odd as a cause of procrastination, but the reality is that Procrastination and perfectionism often go hand in hand. People with high decisional procrastinationdisplay tendencies of perfectionism in taking longer to make decisions. This hypothesis underscores the fear of error and necessity for perfection. (Maryasis, J. 2002). Perfectionists tend to procrastinate because they expect so much of themselves. It is related to fear of failure, in which is believe that everything you do needs to be perfect, otherwise you have failed.
Third, We are too busy orso we like to think. Procrastination may be used to call attention to how busy he is. “Obviously I cannot do such and such because my affairs are so complicated and so demanding. That is why I am late, etc.” The procrastinator may even spend considerable time justifying his reasons, time that could be spent doing the work. (Young, E.2004) Which means that you are wasting your time with things...
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