Procrastination Fascination


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Procrastination. Typical part of a college kid's lifestyle. Why do you think the blog gets backed up with posts so close to the deadline? We think we have all this time to get things done, yet the deadlines seem to creep up on us quicker than we think.

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            According to Psychology Today, procrastination is a serious problem, which can be avoided. Home life and parenting styles can have a significant effect on a child's procrastination level. Controlling parents often keep children from regulating themselves. This leads to procrastination because they don't manage themselves without their parents constantly pushing them to do so. The journal also says procrastination leads to alcohol consumption, procrastinators lie to themselves, and they fear failure. It does clearly state WHY some people procrastinate.

1.     "Thrill Seekers"- look for an overwhelming rush at the last minute

2.     "Avoiders"- fear failure or even success. These procrastinators are very concerned with what others think of them.

3.     "Decisional"- can't make a decision

As a final warning, the article says procrastination could even cause health problems. College kids seem to have problems with the flu and colds because of over procrastinating. Even psychological problems could occur because procrastination uses a lot of "psychic energy".


Okay, procrastination is bad and all but this is a little extreme. All procrastinators aren't alcoholics with controlling parents who constantly have the flu.

             Another site sees the issue from completely different perspective... structured procrastination. John Perry writes an article about the positives of procrastination. He basically says, important tasks are put off, but smaller tasks get taken care of easily. In the mind of a procrastinator, the most important projects and chores are set aside until easier things get done. He recognizes that procrastinators often have a problem with "self deception". They have a hard time determining which tasks are extremely important and should be done first, hence the reason they put them off.

 So, is there a happy medium of procrastination? 

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Honestly, it seems like everybody I know procrastinates in some shape or form, especially college students. I would be interested in knowing if there was any way to train our brains not to want to procrastinate as much.

I also wonder if people procrastinate more than they used to, with the rise of the internet and other technology?

Also, are more people thrill seekers, avoiders, or indecisive? I would say I'm a mix between avoider and indecisive.

When I have important assignment, I've always been one who feels guilt until it is finished. After a little research, I found that there is actually a cause for this. When working toward a goal, as in working on an assignment, we have a certain state of mind that we hold. Procrastinating and holding off on our work, leads to changes in this state in the form of cognitive dissonance. We actually can experience negative feelings of discontent when we are not doing what we are supposed to
More information on this theory can be found at: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dont-delay/200911/procrastination-guilt-excuses-and-the-road-less-traveled

I believe there is a happy medium for procrastination considering there are positives and negatives concerning the situation. I wonder though, are there certain people who are more prone to procrastinating or does everyone have the same risk? As I was reading through an article concerning the positives and negatives of procrastination I came across that fact that those who are more likely to procrastinate are usually those people who can be easily distracted. Do you think this makes individuals with ADD or ADHD more prone to procrastinating?

I am quite the procrastinator, even by college standards, so I can attest to alot of what your post describes as the profile of a procrastinator. However, in my experience, parents who are controlling tend to produce more structured children than those who are more liberal with letting their children self- regulate their time. In my experience it is really the personality type that matters more than the parenting style, I have found that in my high-school the most organised children came from either type of house (maybe more on the controlling side) but many tended to be ambitious, calm, level-headed people.

Ofcorse as discussed in class, one-person experiences/ anecdotes are poor substitutes for science, so I would like to know if others have experienced a similar trend.

This is definitely something interesting I can use against my parents now, haha! My entire life they were constantly controlling when I studied, ate, went out, even slept, to an absurd amount. Now, they yell at me for procrastinating.

I actually went home last semester because of family issues and went to a community college. I found that living at home, with my parents breathing down my neck, I got much more done. The procrastination still happened, but not nearly to the extent that it does now that I'm back at school living on my own.

That being said, I've experienced almost an opposite trend as you, Lemmy. Interesting though, would be to see if we group in different types of areas (suburb/city/rural, wealthy/middle/lower class, etc) to see if that had anything to do with it.

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