Have you ever woken up from sleep and then felt a sense of relief or even satisfaction knowing you’ve already done the dishes?
Hmmm, it’s fun, right? But imagine the other side. As you wake up, you remember that many tasks are waiting in queue begging to be attended to.
Now that’s frustrating, right?
You could be pardoned if the latter case happens because you are constrained by abnormal situations but most times that’s not so.
We simply with full consciousness of ourselves postpone that pressing task to….
That’s procrastination rearing its ugly head.
It happens to all of us many times. In all cases, it simply comes down to making the right or wrong choice—do it now or do more later.
As a result, the work remains but the reward for doing it diminishes or even disappears.
That’s when your boss or teacher starts telling you “you are not the person I used to know”
But it’s not your boss that’s involved in this case because you are a student and this article examines the issue of procrastination among students.
We will answer these questions and more throughout this discussion: What is procrastination? How does it affect students? What steps can be taken to deal with it?
What is Procrastination?
Procrastination is said to be defined as the act of postponing, delaying, or putting off tasks especially habitually or intentionally. Unlike patience, procrastination delays things with no valid reason—simply because you don’t feel like them. Procrastination is also among those traits that blind the person having them. Most times, it takes another person to point out the problem to the victim.
As you may have also observed, procrastination robs you of peace of mind and stresses you up a lot when your undone tasks are staring you in the face. Procrastination is also an opportunistic enemy—it has its strongest grip on us when conditions seem less than ideal.
How Do Procrastination Affect Students?
Students are among the most pitiable prey of predator procrastination. They often seem to have an unfair share of load ranging from assignments to long classes and trucks of books and then, one of the most fertile beds for procrastination is laid. This is so because procrastination makes all that work seem like a harsh master out to deprive us of enjoyment.
As a result, the educational system as a whole is seeming more and more frustrating to students. Why? Because you can’t escape the work to be done. So each passing day, the level of interest in education among the youth keeps deteriorating. That’s why to console themselves from what they perceive as merciless, youth these days now replace study time with frivolities and engage themselves with the internet.
An average youth has been said to spend at least 7 hours per day on the internet. This time is wasted in chasing and gaining information on fashion and the entertainment industry leading to procrastinating on their studies which is vital.
Procrastination has eaten real deep into our educational system. Whereby students keep postponing what they are supposed to do immediately to the point of causing jam-packed studies. Procrastination is a very bad habit that has caused a lot of damage to its victims hence describing a cankerworm.
A cankerworm is a parasite that causes damage to its host. We see the bad consequences playing out in the mass failure of students in their examinations. Many students even commit suicide as a result of losing their self-esteem because of failing examinations and procrastination cannot be exonerated from that. For even the few that scale through by hook and crook, problems with procrastination can manifest in their delivering low-quality work.
Most times, people who procrastinate have not been deceived into thinking that there are 25 hours in a day as against 24. Oftentimes, it boils down to more things rather than just one. What are these?
In most cases, the reasons are the babies of just one thing:
Lack of comprehension of basic facts that are as powerful as they are simple.
What Procrastinators Fail To Realize
Fact # 1 Procrastination is eating your cake and not having it again.
Yes, the rewards of doing your work on time or schedule include peace of mind and maximum enjoyment of deserved rest. You lose these benefits when you procrastinate. Won’t you agree that there is no joy in doing piled-up work under the guilt of realizing that you’ve failed at self-discipline and time management? But when you push work till later, you enjoy yourself without gain. What is that? So to avoid that, see rest and leisure not as compulsory parts of your life, but simply as rewards that only hard work can earn.
Fact # 2 Procrastination might be an overestimation of your abilities
Take note of this fact; when you postpone what needs to be done now, it is going forward to meet work that is actually for a later period. What is that? If it’s only one task you needed to do now, postponing it might mean that you will need to do two or three more tasks later. Mind you the tasks are increasing in number but the time for them all is diminishing.
Now ask yourself, if you cannot tackle one task now, it is two or more tasks that you’ll be able to take on in less time?
Come on, you’re no superman.
Fact # 3 The tasks don’t suffer if you do them at the wrong time or neglect them altogether, it is you that suffers
If you don’t study when you should or keep it aside, those books don’t suffer as much losing one page. They will not lose one alphabet. Their value will not decrease. They will simply be waiting for the person that appreciates their value. So why fight a losing battle? There is no point harming yourself when you can choose to help yourself.
Fact # 4 Procrastinators deceive themselves into thinking “there will be time”
Who told you there is still time? Nobody knows the future not even the next 3 mins.
How does that principle apply here? Yes, you can never know when a new task will suddenly pop up. To satisfy the angel that you know now then suffer at the hands of the devil you have no idea of.
Imagine that you were supposed to study yesterday but did not. The next thing you hear in class today is that there is a test in the next 10 mins. Yesterday, you thought there is still time. Are you still correct today?
CAUSES OF PROCRASTINATION
Laziness is the number one nursery bed for procrastination. When someone is unwilling to do something or becomes inactive at the moment, laziness makes one postpone what ought to be done now for later sometimes even though the person is less busy and currently inactive.
Laziness is a major weakness and almost everybody has a dose of it no matter how small. It’s human nature to see everything called work as too difficult. But this mindset has never helped us in any way. Even God wants us to work. He knows we should train ourselves to rise above laziness if not he won’t have given us a good physique and a simply supernatural brain.
Whenever you feel lazy, it’s because you are focusing on just one side of the issue—how the work looks like. Simply change your focus. Instead of being overwhelmed with all the seeming difficulties, think of all the resources you already have at your disposal.
Remember this thing, if something is worth doing, it means you already have what you need to do it. For instance, you need to study. That study itself seems to be the definition of the term “difficult”. Change your focus. Think of all you already have at your disposal. You are most likely in good health already, you have a normal brain, you most likely have a reading lamp. Even if you don’t have a chair and table, the ludo board can relax well on the floor not to talk of book.
So what else are you waiting for? All you have to do is decide to read. It is that simple!
Tell yourself you can do it! Why? Because you already have what it takes to do it! Just take a closer look and you’ll find out that it’s true.
Comparing yourself with others. Comparing your reading life with others can also lead to procrastination. What works for A might not work for B. Imagine that your friend reads and studies at night. You then decide to follow his lead. You might be procrastinating if you read best in the daytime. Make your reading life a priority, don’t compare yourself to others, just borrow a leaf from them and adjust where you ought to.
You might not realize it but the people you associate with might be infecting you with procrastination. Limit association with people who procrastinate. If you can’t help them change, leave them. You deserve much better than letting others ruin your life.
Peer pressure can either be negative or positive.
Negative peers bring out the worst in you while positive peer pressure challenges you to become the best version of yourself.
Leave the former, stick with the latter.
Poor decision making:
Decision-making is very vital in every success. Making a wrong decision leads to procrastination and produces a negative effect
The right decision increases productivity
EFFECTS OF PROCRASTINATION
- Disorganization of plans
- Lack of focus
- Poor performance
- It destroys potential
HOW TO GET RID OF PROCRASTINATION
#1 Keep In Mind The 4 Facts That Procrastinators Fail To Keep In Mind
Procrastination is eating your cake and not having it again
Procrastinators might be overestimating their abilities
Work doesn’t suffer if you don’t do it. It is you that suffer if you don’t do it.
There is nothing like “there will be time” if you can do this task now.
#2 Break down whatever tasks you need to get done into the steps that you’ll need to take.
#3 Change focus from all the difficulties that task might involve and consider all the resources you have at your disposal.
#4 Keep in mind that if you must do something, it is actually because you can do it. No work comes to you that you cannot do.
#5 Cut off procrastinators from your life
#6 Get a jotter, think of what you need to get done, and push yourself to do it. When you finish, write down how you feel after doing it. Repeat that process whenever you feel lazy.
The logic behind method 6 is that you can train yourself to lean towards hard work by taking note of the satisfaction that comes from doing work. Next time, you’ll want to do it again because you want the satisfactory experience to repeat itself.
#7 Do the most difficult tasks when you have the most energy
#8 Change your study periods and methods to what you enjoy.
#9 Plan well. For this, you can download planners app such as… To-do list, Trello, Google calendar, Microsoft out list, Wunder list.. etc. The following apps listed above will enable you to draft out plans and execute them accordingly
#10 Every week, check your progress and reward yourself for every good work. Treat yourself nice after reading for a long time… This boosts and encourages you to read more.
PROCRASTINATION IS A THIEF OF TIME
PROCRASTINATION IS A DESTROYER. DEAL WITH IT BEFORE IT EATS YOU UP