Why Do We Procrastinate
Procrastination is when you put off a task so as to do it at a later date. At times we want to do task when almost the deadlines is and some people even forget about these tasks forever. It is said that procrastination is a cause of failure for many people. Unfortunately almost everybody in the world is affected by this problem of procrastination. Procrastination leads to frustration, stress, wasted time, low self esteem, lost opportunities poor academic performance and shoddy jobs. However, if you took your time to manage your time and tasks well you will not have the problem of having to put off a task. Procrastination is therefore related with poor time management.
Reasons why we procrastinate
In most cases, people put off tasks that are not pleasing to them. They want to do what they enjoy first and then finish tasks that they do not enjoy last and in short times. It is thus true to say that people underestimate tasks and think they are easy and do not need much time and thus put them off to very close to the deadlines. Tasks that are complex or difficult will also be pushed to last in the list of to do. It is the human nature that we want to take on the easy tasks that we will enjoy. We also do not want to do a task that we dislike and will thus put them off to the last things we have to do. Another major thing that causes procrastination is being afraid of failure. Especially when you feel that you are not ready for that task. Anxiety will build up and you will choose to put off the task so as to prepare or wait for information from elsewhere. Many people also put off tasks because they are engaged or are trying to do tasks that they do not have passion for. Others want to put off a task and wait till they have good mode. It is good to note that once you start on a task you will soon have the good mode that you wanted for the task.
How to stop procrastination?
The best way to avoid procrastination is managing your time well. Once you have set out a to do list, you should make sure that you have the discipline to do follow the activities in that order. This will make sure that you do not put off a task. Always check a task properly so that you do not make the wrong judgment about it.
You did it again.
You watched sixteen episodes of “The Office” instead of writing that 15-page research paper.
I really can’t believe you. Actually I can, and I know what it’s like. Most of us do.
I’ve put off papers and articles before and I’ve had to pump them out in as little as a few hours.
As a student-journalist, I am constantly writing under tight deadlines that force me to write and edit very quickly.
After a lot of practice, I can say with confidence that I’m pretty good at writing papers in a time crunch.
But enough with the blabbing because you need help and you need it fast.
Here are a few tips that I think could help you get through it all:
1. Chill out
You don’t want to go into this process freaking out. However, a little stress can be good and motivating for you.
There’s no more putting it off and you have to get it done now, whether you like it or not. So, take a few deep breaths, we’re going to get through this.
2. Know what you’re going to say
Let’s make sure that you have some major points outlined. Reread the rubric and prompt of your essay and create a brief outline.
This may seem like it takes more time than its worth, but it will keep you on task and help to make sure that you aren’t going off topic as you’re writing.
And, let me tell you, that will save you some time in editing.
This outline can be as simple as one-word bullet points. I usually write mine on a post-it note and put it somewhere that I can see as I’m writing the paper. This essay outline writing guide may be able to help if you’re confused and I sound like I’m speaking jibberish.
That way, I can refer to it as I go and I don’t get lost.
3. Research is key
You haven’t even done the research? Well, go to Wikipedia relating to your topic and scroll to the bottom where they list their sources.
A lot of times this can lead you to some pretty good, legit websites that can help you find quality research in a short time.
I would also suggest citing your resources as you go. That way, when you are finished with the paper, you don’t have to go back through it and try to find where to cite.
If you cite as you go, you’re also much less likely to plagiarize.
4. Do not forget to edit
Grammar mistakes are the easiest ways to lose points, but also some of the easiest to catch.
Make sure you are at least reading through your essay to see if there are any glaring errors, or if some of your main points got muddled in your rush to write.
A pro tip is to copy and paste your essay into an online translator and have the robot read it back to you.
You’ll immediately be able to notice anything that sounds funny.
Good luck on your essay! I’m sure you’ll be fine and get everything done.
Next time, don’t start a new Netflix series – we all know it leads to binge-watching.
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