Why Am I Writing This At 2am? ...Procrastination


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In all honesty I have no idea why I wait so long to get things done. I mean, I'm busy, but no more than the average, involved college student. I guess I could give a couple excuses like, recruitment is this week and next week, and my internship requires me to get up at 430am some mornings, or that I've had a sore throat for a month and a half, and this is not a suitable enough acoustic environment to request this from me.. 

That was a Stepbrothers quote if you didn't catch it. Anyway, now that I've wasted another fifteen minutes watching funny Will Ferrell clips on youtube, I guess I should get to the point of this blog post: procrastination is a problem. Like a big one. And it's not getting better, at least not for me. I find myself deciding that anything from taking naps to re-organizing the pens on my desk that I never use because I have a laptop are better ways to spend my time than writing the three page paper due tomorrow, or finishing these blog posts. 

I found an article online that proved rather interesting. Unsurprisingly, we as a society filled with so much instant gratification, find that "doing small fun things right now offers us a greater mental and emotional reward than doing something for which we know we'll be rewarded in the future--even if the reward in the future is bigger." This makes a lot of sense to me, and it kind of reminds me of people who are constantly promising that they're going on a diet... and that it starts tomorrow. The promise of a new day is so, well, promising, and so many people find reassurance in the idea that their willpower will follow through tomorrow.. or next week.. or in a couple millennia. I guess the major problem is combatting this, and forcing one's self to focus on the here and now, and to realize that success starts when you do. I wanted to learn how to better condition myself to get into this mindset, and I found a really cool article that gives great tips on how to gain both motivation and incentive for getting things done now rather than later. Give it a glance now.

or tomorrow.

or like, whenever. 



Cited:

"Could It Be Productive Procrastination?" Productive Muslim RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Sept. 2013.

"Step Brothers." IMDb. IMDb.com, n.d. Web. 19 Sept. 2013.

"Why We Procrastinate, and How to Stop It." Lifehacker. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Sept. 2013.

8 Comments

Couldn't agree more. I procrastinate everything. It's such a problem. Unfortunately, I now know that I work so well under pressure that I put everything off until the last possible second, knowing that I will find a way to get it all done. The link you attached above says that this may be because it's the only way I know. This makes sense as well. I found another link about beating procrastination that was kind of cool. Check it out!

http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_96.htm

I totally agree on the procrastination thing. It seems like the more I know I have to get done, the longer I wait to put it off. For me, I think a huge part of it is dreading the work and knowing once I start there is no going back. However, when I do get things done a head of time I feel so accomplished and relish in the fact that I was a head of the game and don't have to go into panic mode about getting assignments done. In this article from Psychology Today, it discusses reasons why many people procrastinate and it's often not for reasons we think. They discuss how most have a fear of failure, fear of success, or are such a perfectionist they don't want to start in fear of it not being up to par. Check it out, here http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-the-age-anxiety/201103/why-do-you-procrastinate.

I totally agree on the procrastination thing. It seems like the more I know I have to get done, the longer I wait to put it off. For me, I think a huge part of it is dreading the work and knowing once I start there is no going back. However, when I do get things done a head of time I feel so accomplished and relish in the fact that I was a head of the game and don't have to go into panic mode about getting assignments done. In this article from Psychology Today, it discusses reasons why many people procrastinate and it's often not for reasons we think. They discuss how most have a fear of failure, fear of success, or are such a perfectionist they don't want to start in fear of it not being up to par. Check it out, here http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-the-age-anxiety/201103/why-do-you-procrastinate.

That article is at www.psychologytoday.com, titled "Why Do You Procrastinate," by Pamela Wiegartz, Ph.D. and Kevin Gyoerkoe, Psy.D, published on March 25, 2011.

I completely can empathize with you! For example, I put off doing all of these comments until the day before they are due! However, It is comforting to know that even nobel prize winning intellectuals procrastinate too (such as the man in this article that put off mailing a package for eight months). In fact, its almost human nature to procrastinate, which is definitely comforting to know that we aren't alone! http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100517172300.htm

You took the words right out of my mouth. Procrastination is a serious problem, aka here I am the day before the blogging period ends finishing all my comments and posts. Luckily sorority recruitment is forcing me to get my work done during any of the free moments I have during the day (which isn't many) so I can actually get some sleep at night. I found this article with some tips on how to avoid procrastinating, so hopefully they work for someone!
http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/career-money/features/27338-8-tips-for-beating-procrastination

I do the same thing all the time- with everything. I always seem to find myself doing all my work either the night before or day of, not the best idea but I really can't help it for some reason, as I'm sure you know! I found this article that gives ten details about procrastination and why we find ourselves doing it! http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200507/why-we-procrastinate

I think that procrastination is only natural. It is so much easier to be short sighted and go for the instant gratification of watching TV instead of starting an English paper. Sometimes the motivation is just not there and when I wait till last minute I end up doing better work because I have no choice but to be 100% focus on whatever I am doing. This article shows some of the benefits of procrastination.


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/15/science/positive-procrastination-not-an-oxymoron.html?_r=0

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