I’ll Get Around To It…


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Procrastination puts a strain on not only our academic lives but also the dreams we want for ourselves (Photo Credits to nile, Photo Courtesy of www.pixabay.com).

Deadlines virtually control every aspect of our lives, whether it be with school, sports, work, or extracurriculars. This being the case, one might think that humans have mastered the art of completing assignments in a timely fashion. However, that is not true, procrastination is a world-wide epidemic that prevents us from living somewhat stress-free lives.

“[Procrastination] creates an environment that I don’t know how to control and it makes me go into a spiral of thinking that I can’t do anything,” said sophomore Christian Malave.

How many times have you completed a paper minutes before the midnight due date? Or stayed up all hours through the night and into the morning finishing assignments, just so you can turn them in on time the next day? It is no doubt that procrastination causes major strain and stress on our academic lives, especially when we, as students, wait until the last minute to even begin school work. This causes increased levels of frustration, guilt, stress, and anxiety, and in some severe cases, can cause depression and low self-esteem. In addition to the mental effects, procrastination can destroy one’s physical appearance and stability.

“I had a paper assigned since the beginning of the quarter, and now I have two weeks left [to finish it],” said Malave.

Our days on this earth are numbered; by realizing this, we can motivate ourselves to achieve every goal that we have made,  just by starting, instead of procrastinating. For the master procrastinator, however, starting is almost impossible. He or she will spend almost her entire academic career searching for ways to avoid the dreaded outcome of procrastination.

Experts have tried to find hundreds of ways to bypass this epidemic, including setting personal deadlines, getting organized, and using incentives to motivate one’s self. However, there are those of us who simply work better while under the pressure of a deadline, and can get work done faster, more efficiently, and at a higher quality.  This, of course, isn’t the case for everyone, and the work quality can be damaging to their reputation or grade. There are rare cases in which a natural procrastinator will begin and finish an assignment, long before the due date, simply because they feel passionately about it. In a 90-year life, there are 4,680 weeks. While this may seem like a significant amount, it rapidly flashes before us, sometimes making us feel like a spectator in our own lives, especially when we anticipate for it to begin. In turn, waiting and holding off our dreams only delays the steps in which we need to take to achieve them.

“If it’s important enough to me or those that I care about the most, then I’ll get it done, but if it isn’t any of my concern, then I really don’t care,” said sophomore Tristan Dube.

Procrastination mainly affects our mental and physical health when we have deadlines to meet; however, when there are dreams that we want to achieve, and we leave school, excessive due dates don’t exist. Achieving our personal goals depends entirely on how efficiently we work towards accomplishing them.

“You don’t have time to wait!” said sophomore Brigitte Pinochet