The Dangers of Procrastination in college and in the professional world.<br />By: Nick Schroeder<br />
Basic Information<br /><ul><li>The process by which an individual attempts to avoid or delay his or her need to complete an assignment or task as long as possible.
Many psychologists think of the behavior as a way for an individual to avoid having to deal with the anxiety that comes with working on a task.
Procrastination often results in an increased level of stress, irritation, and panic. This is particularly true just before task is due.</li></li></ul><li>More information…<br />Procrastination often occurs to those who have difficulty managing their time.<br />It may not seem like a major concern at first, since most people do put off various activities to some degree. But when procrastination happens regularly, it may be a sign of an underlying psychological disorder.<br />It is a problem that compounds as the individual wastes more time because every minute that the individual spends saying "I can do that later" is a minute that individual could have used to complete the original project. If an individual wastes too much time by procrastinating, it may not be possible for the individual to complete the original task or at least complete the task as effectively as the individual could if he or she had more time.<br />
Statistics regarding Procrastination<br />In 1992, a study was conducted that showed that 52% of surveyed students claimed having a moderate to high need for help concerning procrastination.<br />Other estimations show that 80-95% of college students engage in some type of procrastination.<br />75% of these people go as far as even labeling themselves as “procrastinators”.<br />
How Procrastination can be a danger in your future.<br />Procrastinating in college is one thing, but doing so in the professional world can be very dangerous.<br />If you’re given the task of writing an important document for your company, and you choose to wait until the last possible moment to start it, either: 1. You will not be able to finish it in time, or 2. You will (barely) complete it, but it will not look nearly as good as it would had you not waited so long to start it.<br />In either case, you’re likely to get in trouble with your boss and (if you keep procrastinating) you will be fired.<br />
Tips for how to deal with procrastination<br />To avoid looking like one of the people in the previous slide on the day something of yours is due, try to:<br />Understand the primary cause for why you would rather do tasks later rather than sooner.<br />Train yourself so that you can at least start the assignment pretty much as soon as it is assigned to you. The hardest part is always getting started, after all.<br />Set deadlines for yourself, and reward yourself whenever you’re able to complete something challenging long before it’s actually due.<br />