Procrastination

Sydney Johnson, Staff Reporter

Have you ever waited until the last minute to get something done? The answer is most likely yes. Some of the main reasons people procrastinate their work is because they overestimate how much time they have left to complete things, they overestimate how motivated they will be later on, they underestimate how long certain activities will take to complete, and lastly they mistakenly assume that they need to be in the right state of mind to work on something. There is also more than one kind of procrastination. There is anxious, fun, “plenty of time”, and perfectionist procrastination. Some ways to help with this problem is to complete the harder tasks first. I usually create a to-do list in my notes on my phone every morning or every night before I go to bed because it keeps me organized and it helps me remember everything I need to get done. Another thing that could help is dividing your work into smaller segments to make it much more manageable. One of those most important things to do in my opinion is get rid of distractions such as your phone, and if you need your devices to complete a task then turn off social media notifications so you don’t get distracted. Taking on a huge task or assignment is always overwhelming, and especially if it is paired by a close deadline, but imagine how you’ll feel once you do whatever it is you’ve been postponing. Freedom from anxiety, freedom from nagging pressures, and freedom from self-doubt will all be yours. Accomplishing put-off tasks will provide you with a boost of confidence and energy. Whatever it is you’re not wanting to accomplish, if you start now, you’ll be glad you did.