One of the biggest reasons why assignments get a bad mark or are incomplete is because of procrastination. Procrastination has a bad effect on work, and on you. When you procrastinate you don’t learn how to discipline yourself, the quality of work suffers, and you get stressed out.
The first reason why procrastination is bad is because the quality of work suffers. Sometimes an assignment needs to be proof read first. If you procrastinate you will be more inclined to skip this important step. Another big problem is that you run out of ideas. At one sitting ideas don’t come as freely as they do over several days. People who leave assignments to the last minute are more likely to resort to cheating. When an assignment is left to the last minute, you worry more and cheating and cutting curners happens a lot more. Procrastination also affects the quality of work because your assignments looks hurried and just thrown together.
Another danger that comes with procrastination is an increase in stress. When an assignment is left to the last minute, it lingers in the back of your mind the whole time. Once the day arrives that you must do it, any other plans must be put on hold. You end up being frustrated and upset with yourself, and the teacher. If several assignments are due at the same time the stress increases even more. Not only do you have to rush to get everything done, you have to worry about whether you’ll get it finished in time. Stress also increases when you procrastinate because you start to doubt yourself. When you make up your mind that you won’t leave the next assignment until the last minute, and you end up doing it, you get frustrated and upset with yourself.
The last and most important reason is because you learn poor work habits. As you further your education you will no longer be able to leave things to the last minute. As assignments get bigger they require more planning and thought; if you haven’t learned the skills to plan before, these assignments won’t get done properly. When you make excuses to put off assignments, you learn to make excuses for other things as well. You’ll start making excuses to cheat on your diet, or quit exercising. This is a bad pattern to get into, you start to realize that you won’t get it done early so why bother trying. Once you start to doubt yourself you self-confidence drops and all kinds of other problems start to happen.
When you procrastinate a lot of bad things can happen. You don’t learn to discipline yourself, your work suffers, and you get stressed out.
Prcrastination is dangerous, you fool yourself by thinking up reasons to wait one more week or one more day. The worst thing is, is that procrastination is so easy to stop. You just have to quit being lazy, make up your mind to get it done, and just do it!
Filed Under: Social Issues
Just about everyone puts off completing tasks, responsibilities, and objectives at some point or another. Maybe it’s part of our human nature, maybe it’s because we enjoy the drama that comes with a hovering deadline or penalty. Procrastination, the action of delaying or postponing something, is part of our daily lives. Whether it’s not writing that essay until the very last minute, paying a bill the day it’s due rather than long before, or shopping for a holiday the day of that holiday, procrastination happens – and just about everyone is guilty of it in some way or another.
But how often do we ask ourselves WHY we procrastinate so much? It is true that life in the Western world in the 21st century is busier than ever, with constant stimulation (mostly due to technology) and a never-ending list of responsibilities that increase as time goes on. What is the reason we put off doing important things – whether in our careers, in our homes or in our daily lives? And is it a bad thing to procrastinate? At what point does it become a problem?
People procrastinate for a number of reasons. One is a lack of resources. A task may be put off until a later date if there is a lack of money, tools, time, etc. needed to complete said task. Most times, procrastination is due to a lack of money, as things like bills, payments and financial obligations most always involve money.
People also procrastinate because they have more important things to do, perhaps because they have bigger problems to solve. They don’t set out to intentionally put off completing something; they do it because time is of the essence and they have other things, more important and pressing objectives, facing them. A student may put off working on a writing assignment if they need to study for an exam or prepare for an important presentation. A parent may procrastinate on fixing something in the house because they need to spend that money on feeding their children or paying the mortgage or rent. It calls for an adult decision on a pressing matter, and it often invites justified procrastination.
Other times, people procrastinate out of dread, as well. They choose not to do something because they don’t want to do it, or because the process or perhaps the effect of doing it is not so pleasurable or something they want to do. And it’s easier to put off doing it until it’s absolutely necessary to do – like yard work, taxes, repairing a home and doing laundry.
In conclusion, procrastination is part of life – different people for different reasons do it. Quite often, it has its perks and its drawbacks: procrastinating may be helpful for an individual’s comfort and pleasure, but in the long-term, it can have negative consequences – such as financial penalties – and can prevent one’s success. For example, it may be fine to procrastinate on home projects, but never a good thing to procrastinate with work-related obligations and responsibilities. So the individual must have the foresight to know what is pressing and what can be pushed aside for time being. The successful individual may be seen as a person who doesn’t procrastinate, someone who does what they are supposed to do when they’re supposed to do it regardless of if they want to do it or not. This is how the success guru, writer, and speaker Brian Tracy describes self-discipline as a path to success. Chuck Palahniuk, a novelist of several books including the popular Fight Club, feels people sort of like procrastinating on things in their lives. He seems to believe we need it and openly invite the drama. He says, “People don’t want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas, their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messes cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.” Maybe people are programmed to procrastinate. Being attracted to conflict, people most likely – perhaps subconsciously – put off things because we are always in desperate need of a distraction from the ultimate destination: our own death.