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What is procrastination? Why do we procrastinate? How do we procrastinate? How can we stop procrastinating?

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Introduction

What is procrastination? Why do we procrastinate? How do we procrastinate? How can we stop procrastinating? Why is it more serious than we seem to think? Procrastination refers to the act of placing lower priority things above high priority things, to basically avoid doing the high priority action. It is the very common act of simply putting off important tasks! "I'll do it later..." - that, is procrastination at its best! Guess what I am doing now? Procrastinating! How? Well, I really should be doing my assignment, and preparing for my exams, but it seems like such a big and daunting task that I have somehow found my way onto the internet and managed to convince myself that informing others about this devil called procrastination is much more important. Who am I kidding? It is quite shocking actually, just how many times I have procrastinated just today. ...read more.

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It is now 2pm and how much work I have done?... I have made a list of the things I need to write for my assignment. Sigh. I guess motivation comes more willingly to some than others.. So, why do I procrastinate? I know that in the end, it leaves me more stressed than I was before. I eventually realise how much time I have wasted, and I stare at the clock watching the hours waste away.... thinking that now, it is just too late to start anything. I don't think I am alone though! Actually, 20% of people identify themselves as chronic procrastinators. It is a maladaptive lifestyle that, refuse to believe it or not, is learned; you are not born a procrastinator. Honestly, for me, I think it?s habit? a habit I must break! I would identify myself as a chronic procrastinator. ...read more.

Conclusion

The amount of people admitting to procrastinating is increasing almost uncontrollably; that?s worrying. It is generally argued that procrastinators have a lower self esteem; they don?t believe they can accomplish a task, so get into the habit of putting it off. I am not going to argue, admittedly my self esteem isn?t rocket high, and undeniably, I am a huge procrastinator. I usually find that I make huge to do lists of absolutely everything I must do, everything I think of, and think that, as long the list is there I will tackle it? one day? but right now, it all seems a bit overwhelming. Impulsiveness has also been linked to procrastination. Impulsive people generally live in the moment and appreciate today more than tomorrow, this can be great, but it can also lead them to not really take in the importance of deadlines, meaning jobs don?t get done! ...read more.

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