Procrastination; it’s something that we have all dealt with in our life. We may put off certain tasks because they seem too hard or we just aren’t interested in the subject matter. No matter the reason, procrastination is something that can affect just about anyone. I know it is something that I deal with often. You might be wondering then, how do I avoid procrastinating? Well, it’s not that easy of an answer.
According to Joseph Ferrari, a professor of psychology at DePaul University in Chicago, around 20 percent of U.S. adults are chronic procrastinators. This meaning that they don’t just occasionally procrastinate, but it is a large part of their life. It not only affects you, but it can also affect the people around you. People will be less likely to count on you for things if they notice that you tend to leave them until the last moment.
At this point, I’m sure you want to know ways to avoid falling victim to procrastination. There are quite a few things that you can do. Sometimes something as simple as making a list of your most important tasks can help. Finishing the hardest tasks first can make you feel a sense of accomplishment. It can also give you a boost to finish other things. A common problem people have is that they want things to be perfect. They’re either waiting for the perfect moment or the perfect idea to hit them. Avoid using the word perfect when trying to accomplish a task. Thinking something needs to be perfect can tend to add more stress to completing the task. Getting a friend or family member to help out is also another idea. They can be there to encourage you and motivate you to get things done.
There are plenty of other things that you can do to help stop procrastination from finding you. The main point is that you need to find what works for you. What works for one person may not work for another. You need to find the best solution that will benefit you in the end. In no way am I saying that it is going to be easy. I can tell you from experience that it is not an easy thing to overcome. There have been plenty of times where I have fallen victim to procrastination. Just know that you are not alone in this situation.
Jessica Paradysz, a sophomore and communication major, is just one of the many students that know what it’s like to want to put things off. “Coming into my second semester I thought I would be ahead of the game, be more organized, get stuff done in advance. There’s almost this thrill of waiting until the last minute to see if I can get things done.”
Simply put, procrastination is all around us. Whether it’s in the form of a cell phone, a computer or a group of friends. The key is to find the right balance between work and play.