1. ProcrastinationA College Student’s Worst Enemy!!!
2. Procrastination is the thief of time.— Edward Young (1683-1765)Procrastination is roughly defined by dictionary.com as the act ofpostponing or delaying an act needlessly.Although all of us are affected by procrastination to some degree, thisbehavior may be a habitual state for others.Why, you ask is this the case? Well the simple answer to this is thatprocrastinators are often rewarded with a decent or respectable gradefor work that was completed under tight time restraints and thustheir behavior is seemingly reinforced.
3. ReinforcementProcrastination is a perpetual cycle of reinforcement, which iswhat makes it difficult to recognize this behavior. Every time onechooses to delay a required task, they are reinforcing theirnegative attitude towards said task. In other words, every timeone fails to deal with a responsibility they are less than ecstaticabout doing, they:3.Strengthen the habit of not doing4.Practice avoidance instead of participation5.Avoid acquiring training and skills6.Indoctrinate themselves with fearProcrastination (2007, ). Retrieved February 8, 2009, fromhttp://sas.calpoly.edu/asc/ssl/procrastination.html
4. The art of writing is the art ofapplying the seat of the pants to theseat of the chair.—Mary HeatonVorse Some Characteristics of the Procrastinator  Low Self-Confidence  I’m Too Busy Attitude  Stubbornness  Source of Control/Manipulation  Pressure Coping Mechanism  Plays the Role of Frustrated Victim
5. Common Excuses From Procrastinators I’ll do it tomorrow I’ll do it tomorrow, if . . . I deserve a little fun first! I need a little time to relax and clear my mind before I start. Maybe I am not on the right track in school.Procrastination (2007, ). Retrieved February 8, 2009, from http://sas.calpoly.edu/asc/ssl/procrastination.html
6. Common Reasons Behind Procrastination The task appears too difficult The task requires a lot of time Lack of knowledge or skill in the subject Fear
7. Common Rationalizations for Procrastinating I work better under pressure. I need to get some more information before I can deal with this assignment. I am not in the mood to deal with this right now. I waited until the last minute before and I did great! My family needs to come first and right now they need me. I had others things that needed my attention and this just seemed less of a priority. If I work on this now, I will miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime experience.Procrastination (2007, ). Retrieved February 8, 2009, from http://sas.calpoly.edu/asc/ssl/procrastination.html
8. Can One Ov rco e the Pre io s Pro e m ir vu crastinating Ways???
9. Tips and Tricks To Help Avoid Procrastination:Break the task up into small, more manageable parts.Complete one of each of these smaller bits per session.Let Peer Pressure Work For You, i.e. tell others your plan so that you feel obligated tocomplete it.Choose a Work Conducive EnvironmentMake a Plan Ahead of TimeTry the Five Minute Plan (Work for five minutes on a task and, after the five minutes are up, ifyou don’t feel inspired, move on to something else. However, chances are you will be hookedand want to keep working.Don’t Expect Miracles; there will always be bumps in the road so just remember to stayfocused and remain flexible with your plans.Procrastination (2007, ). Retrieved February 8, 2009, from http://sas.calpoly.edu/asc/ssl/procrastination.html
10. Benefits to Overcoming Procrastinating Habits Peace of Mind A feeling of Strength Healthy Feeling of Being in Charge of One’s self A feeling of Competency A feeling of Capability Decreased Stress and Anxiety
11. Other Helpful WebsitesTry visiting these websites for other helpfulbackground information, insights, and tipsand tricks on how to avoid procrastination.http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/phttp://www.psychologytoday.com/rss/pto-2003