Procrastination. Typical part of a college kid’s lifestyle. Why do you think the blog gets backed up with posts so close to the deadline? We think we have all this time to get things done, yet the deadlines seem to creep up on us quicker than we think.
According to Psychology Today, procrastination is a serious problem, which can be avoided. Home life and parenting styles can have a significant effect on a child’s procrastination level. Controlling parents often keep children from regulating themselves. This leads to procrastination because they don’t manage themselves without their parents constantly pushing them to do so. The journal also says procrastination leads to alcohol consumption, procrastinators lie to themselves, and they fear failure. It does clearly state WHY some people procrastinate.
1. “Thrill Seekers”- look for an overwhelming rush at the last minute
2. “Avoiders”- fear failure or even success. These procrastinators are very concerned with what others think of them.
3. “Decisional”- can’t make a decision
As a final warning, the article says procrastination could even cause health problems. College kids seem to have problems with the flu and colds because of over procrastinating. Even psychological problems could occur because procrastination uses a lot of “psychic energy”.
Okay, procrastination is bad and all but this is a little extreme. All procrastinators aren’t alcoholics with controlling parents who constantly have the flu.
Another site sees the issue from completely different perspective… structured procrastination. John Perry writes an article about the positives of procrastination. He basically says, important tasks are put off, but smaller tasks get taken care of easily. In the mind of a procrastinator, the most important projects and chores are set aside until easier things get done. He recognizes that procrastinators often have a problem with “self deception”. They have a hard time determining which tasks are extremely important and should be done first, hence the reason they put them off.
So, is there a happy medium of procrastination?