Procrastination Nation

I’ll be honest with you, it’s 2:37 a.m. and I have yet to write my third and last blog post for the week. Procrastination has gotten the best of me (as it usually does). Why is it so easy to put things off for the last minute? For a student who loves studying and getting good grades, I suck. I constantly seem to be stuck in this never-ending loop of 1. getting homework, 2. ignoring my homework, 3. internally screaming at 11:00 p.m. because my homework is due at 11:59 p.m. and I can’t outwardly express my stress because my roommate is sleeping and I don’t want to wake her up. procrastination

That being said, I think I work best when I’m under a lot of pressure. The sense of urgency pushes me to complete my task at a superhuman speed- even though I feel like absolute death afterwards. But, hey, it gets the job done. But seriously, why do we do this to ourselves? There’s many reasons, but I think the main one is because of our indifference towards taking action.

It’s so easy to get distracted from your tasks these days. Suddenly, your TV, laptop, phone, anything in close proximity when you’re doing work is your worst enemy. Ultimately, the question is: how do we beat procrastination? I’ve found that the best option is to just do it. Whatever it is you’re burdened with becomes so much easier once you actually take the initiative to do it. It’s kind of like jumping into a pool for the first time: you’re terrified at first because the water is extremely cold, but once you jump in, you get it over with and actually enjoy it!

just-do-itIn the end, the next time you have something you have to do but really don’t want to, just suck it up. Get up, grab that homework and absolutely smash it. It’s better to get it over with sooner rather than later; don’t let procrastination sneak up on you like the ugly little troll it is. You’ll love yourself more in the long run once you stop torturing and stressing yourself out. Just. Do. It.

P.S.- If you want to read something that wasn’t written at 3:00 a.m. by a rapidly mentally declining college student, check out this article (it’s got doodles).

10 thoughts on “Procrastination Nation

  1. Amily Zhuang

    I am relating to this on a whole different level. I originally thought that I had finished my 10 comments but here I am trying to finish them. I secretly like the thrill of having to do my work quickly however I know the quality of work is not going to be up to par with what it would have been.

    I am still trying to figure out the kinks of a balanced schedule. I am hoping that I actually take the advice of this article and put my electronics away.

    Seems to me like there are far too many procrastinators relating to this post.. when extra-credit #4 was designed to encourage anti-procrastination.

  2. Caroline Sorrentino

    Ugh.. As bad as it seems, this is way too relatable. I would go into a high school test with the study guide in my hand just looking it over for the first time (*not recommended in college*). But really though I think a lot of procrastination is because we make room for the immediate things that we need to get done and push off later deadlines for another time because we (think) we have more time to get it done. It’s a shame though because usually it isn’t your best work. here are some tips on how to not push everything off to the last minute.

  3. Zachary Weissman

    I soon as I saw the title to your blog I knew I had to read it. It’s currently 9:30am and the blog period ends at 12, so I think I also know a thing or two about procrastination. It’s amazing that even though I know getting something done early will benefit me so much, I can never bring myself to do it. I really have to take your advice and just suck it up and do it.

  4. jcr5533

    As everyone knows, procrastinating is everyone’s guilty pleasure. We all do it, look at me for example. I’m writing this comment a couple hours before its due. I’ve always been that way. Although in college, I’ve tried to be less like that considering I don’t know what I’m going to do every night. So I know that if I stay ahead, and my friends go out, so can I. Yes, I still procrastinate, but that’s partially because I’m just lazy. And I think the real reason we all procrastinate, is because no body likes doing work.

  5. Darby Helen Smith

    As I am writing my comments at 8AM you can see that I totally relate to this post. I struggle with time management and always find myself procrastinating. I think the advise that you found about avoiding this vicious cycle is really the only way to beat procrastination. I just I have to start “Just doing it.”

  6. Elizabeth Anne Galante

    This is by far one of the most relatable posts that I have read being that I consider myself to be the world’s worst procrastinator. However, like you said I seem to do so much better when I’m under pressure, I was actually just talking about this with my roommate today. The reason behind this is because I have no choice other than to get my work done within the next day or even sometimes hour. When I have over a week to get something done, I constantly tell myself, “You can just do it tomorrow.”; I then find myself saying that every day until it’s the night before an assignment is due. Working under pressure like you said gets the job done; below is an article where you could read and learn more about why it seems to be so successful.

  7. Brett Alan Merritt

    I reallyyyyyyy need to take some advice from this post. I procrastinate so much as well and I have found that it is easier to just jump into the assignment early and finish it than to wait and scream internally (I know the feeling).

  8. Jon Shanfelder

    I can relate to this post. I have had my fair share of last-minute completed assignments, not like this assignment of course. This is written at a reasonable time and not 4:21am *cough cough*. I would however like to point out that students have always had social relations to distract them from work, but maybe today’s social media and technology has pushed that overboard. We may be in an age of online social interaction that makes us feel as if we are missing out on something if we are not constantly engaged with our devices. Maybe procrastination is built into our everyday lives.

  9. orh5030

    Im right here with you. I keep telling myself that I’ll do it another time and then that time turns into another time and it never ends until its 3am and it’s due the next day. I was able to slide by doing this in High School but I believe this is a habit that needs to be broken for college. Your blog gave me some good laughs and was fun to read. Good pictures also.

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