January 5, 2012 • Abbie Isaac, Student Life Editor
Filed under Student Life
Today is your physics test. Did you study? Nope. How long did you know about the test? You have no idea, but it was a long time. You’re going to tell your mother that it was sprung on you like bear trap whilst dancing about merrily in the forest. That’s how I live. Either I don’t study, or I pretend to study by way of a certain site called Pinterest.
It’s called procrastination.
pro·cras·ti·na·tion [proh-kras-tuh-ney-shuhn, pruh‐]
noun, the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention.
It sounds like a disease. I can see someone dressed in 19th century garments saying, “She died of procrastination.” That may be just because it sounds like “consumption”, which is actually known today as tuberculosis. You really can die from tuberculosis/consumption, unfortunately.
But that’s completely beside the point.
According to the most boring article I have ever read on the internet, procrastination is a human condition. Ancient and important texts all exhort people to not put things off. Apparently, it hasn’t worked very well. People still procrastinate, and they will continue to do so for the rest of forever.
“It can be very stressful once you get way into it,” says a student. She is correct. Procrastinating actually gives you more stress, making things more difficult than if you would have just done it in the first place. It creates feelings of inadequacy, fear, and anxiety.
The first step to stop being a procrastinator is to apply self-discipline. My advice for you would to be gain a greater self-discipline. You can do this by putting cookies on the table and not eating them.
Let’s all be honest here, it doesn’t matter how many important doctors, articles, or celebrities I quote on the subject you’re still going to not do your math homework until the day it’s due. The only way you are going to stop procrastinating is if you have an epiphany during math that studying and doing your on time homework is good.
My article on the school website isn’t going to help.
All I can do is tell you to buck up and get things done. You could possibly die because of procrastination, of a disease, under a mountain of homework, or because hundreds of assassins are after you and you’ve decided to do something about it tomorrow.