Procrastination – as college students, we know what it is and we all claim to be victims of it. Although some might think of it as a virus, this unorthodox way of life doesn’t seem to deter others. I’m fairly certain that the majority of students here at LIU Post, as well across the nation, would certify themselves as masters in the field. Procrastination is doing and not doing certain things needed to accomplish a task at hand.
So why does procrastination happen?
Well, because we let the power of persuasion take over our minds, convincing us to think about or do anything other than the work that is due. Even the less hygienic students among us would more than willingly jump in the shower, and the more sedentary students would decide to go for a spontaneous run to avoid the horrific feeling of being drowned by a task that he or she has already been putting off.
I’d be lying if I said that I don’t do it myself. As a matter of fact, I did my fair share before writing this article — thanks to Chris Brown, I’ve become hooked on his new “Loyal” music video, featuring Tyga and Lil’ Wayne. So much that I’ve resorted to repeatedly watching it online, fantasizing about being one of the extremely lucky backup dancers. But back to reality, which sadly for most of us, is procrastination. You might even be reading this article in a procrastination-induced state.
I believe that procrastination varies for every individual; what one might consider procrastinating, another might not. Two Post students exemplify the difference.
According to Meghan Brazier, a sophomore International Business major, procrastinating is normal for college students,
yet it varies depending on the person. “I’m one of the people who procrastinate a lot. I’ll do anything besides work; catch up on television shows, browse all sorts of social media, and hang out with friends.”
Courtney Delehanty, a junior Health Administration major, attempts to fight the battle of procrastination. However, she is aware
of the reason why her procrastination arises. “I will find myself procrastinating when I’m struggling with an assignment, so then I’ll take a small break, because when I go back to my work I tell myself that I’ll be able to figure it out, even if I don’t,” she said.
“My problem is that the small break is never as small as it’s meant to be.” At least for Delehanty, the intention is positive and productive.
“I do try to get things done but I will procrastinate when I know the work isn’t due soon. If it’s crunch time, I’ll procrastinate until then by visiting my lovely neighbors. Also, I find myself doing more reading assignments after I procrastinate, because I need to feel like I’ve done something somewhat useful,” Delehanty added.
Brazier and Delehanty are only two students among many that actively or unintentionally procrastinate.
But is there a cure to this time-consuming “activity?” I encourage you not to procrastinate your life away, because who knows what benefits may arise from keeping yourself motivated and being able to master time-management? Amid the most important period of our lives as college students, our future is in our hands, so why should we waste it? Limit your procrastination time and discipline yourself.