ProcrastinationA College Student’s Worst Enemy!!!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Can One Ov rco e the Pre io s Pro e m ir vu crastinating Ways???
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 EnvironmentMake a Plan Ahead of TimeTry 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
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
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/phttp://www.psychologytoday.com/rss/pto-2003