What is procrastination? Dictionary.com states that it’s the act or habit of procrastinating or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention. It’s doing less important tasks instead of the urgent and important ones. This may result to stress, guilt, and a lack of responsibility; all qualities I have, because I myself am a procrastinator. Procrastination is usually caused by a lack of self-confidence or disliking the task you’re doing. When procrastinating you may have thoughts like “I could do it later” or “I’ll have more time later…”. These thoughts usually pop up because you underestimate the time you’ll be able to complete a task. “Procrastination is giving in to feel good” that was quoted from Timothy Phchyl a psychology professor from Carleton University, stating that procrastination is just short time pleasure.
As I said, I am a procrastinator, therefore, I procrastinate. In fact, I procrastinated while writing this speech. A procrastinator is someone who regularly procrastinates. A school setting usually leads to procrastination; the main reason; homework. Homework is the usual cause of procrastination because students tend to dislike it, causing them to not do it. But don’t be fooled though, procrastination could also lead to you being productive. An example could be you practicing piano instead of doing your homework, and of course no parent would stop a child from practicing their piano. StudyMode, a website providing students online learning tools, surveyed 1300 of their high school users and 86% of those users admit to being procrastinators.
You probably procrastinated while writing this speech, but don’t worry because there are ways to prevent procrastination. You should disconnect yourself from all your devices. This means that you should turn off your phone and work in a quiet space. You should also use the Pomodoro Technique. This technique consists of working for 25 minutes and taking 5-minute breaks, and as you work you increase the work time. When doing big projects, you should also split the big parts into parts; making it easier. Studies have also shown that starting a project is the hardest part, so it’s always smart to start a project as soon as you get it assigned. Lastly, you should acknowledge that you’re going to procrastinate, because you will most likely procrastinate. Acknowledging your work habit would give you a better understanding of your time management.