My title probably gives it away. I am one of the biggest procrastinators of all time. I wait until the last minute on almost everything; just like this assignment. It is Thursday, September 15th, and this assignment is due to tomorrow by 12:00pm. I have always wondered why I procrastinate. No one in my family is like me. My sister was always ahead of her school work and never had to cram. My mom and dad are both the same way. So where do I get it from? Not just me, but why does anyone become a procrastinator? So I decided to do some research.
All information comes from this article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fearless-you/201506/9-reasons-you-procrastinate-and-9-ways-stop Author: Pamela D. Garcy
This articles includes 9 reasons why you procrastinate and 9 ways to stop. In this blog, I am only going to focus on a few of the reasons why, but I may touch on the ways to stop in another blog. Anyway, according to Psychology Today, procrastination can become a habit that you picked up from someone else. This article uses the words ” role model ” but essentially, they are saying you can get it from anyone that you are around a lot such as a family member. However, I come from a family where procrastination does not exist so I have ruled out this explanation for myself. Another possible reason is that you may severely underestimate how much time it will take you to complete the task (Garcy). Now I have definitely done this before. I think that I can work a lot faster than I actually can. In high school, that was not much of a problem because I never had to turn something in by a certain time. Everything was handed in during class. So if I underestimated how long an assignment would take me, it would only usually only mean that I would stay up very late completing the assignment but it would get done and i’d turn it in the next day. However, now everything is turned in online and by a certain time. So if I wait until the last minute (which I usually do) and also underestimate how long it will take me, I could end missing the deadline all together and getting a zero. So this is one of the causes of my procrastination and it is definitely a problem that I need to fix. This next reason is the last one that I am going to look at and is honestly one of the biggest reasons for my procrastination. Psychology Today states that one could procrastinate because you have bias against a certain kind of task or assignment. For example, I always do my econ homework way before it is due. it’s all online, multiple choice questions that are not very difficult so I always get that out of the early. However, when it comes to writing assignments, such as one like this, I push it off until the last possible second because I hate writing. So this reason is probably one of the biggest causes for my procrastination.
I have a very big procrastination problem. I have always wondered what causes it and I am starting to find out exactly what it is. If you do not usually procrastinate, I strongly advise against it.