Friday, February 1, 2013

Procrastinators of the World Unite…Tomorrow

 By: Tim Roby

This is something that almost everyone seems to have a problem with, at least to some extent, and especially in school. The issue being referred to is procrastination. Procrastination is when you continually put off something until later. This could go for anything such as a chore, homework, project, or any task which you would put off and wait until later to complete. People procrastinate for various reasons, but, in general the main reasons are because either the task which is being postponed is unpleasant and they simply don’t wish to do it or the procrastinator simply occupies his time with something else that he finds more pleasant, other than the task at hand.
I asked several students a few questions about procrastination in relationship to school. Almost all of those interviewed admitted to having at least a small problem with procrastination, if not a major one. When asked what kinds of things they procrastinate and why, all  mentioned homework in some shape or form but especially large, big project assignments, and even decisions as one students listed. Most mentioned that social network sites such as facebook and skype greatly contribute to their procrastination. 

When asked about procrastination in our school, all said that they felt there was a fairly large problem with procrastination in our school, and in our world as a whole, nowadays. Most of the students shared several key reasons, such as not enough pressure from schools and parents, especially at a young age, shorter attention spans nowadays, and just overall laziness in general

Lastly, I asked what could be done to help procrastinators to overcome this problem, as well as coping mechanisms procrastinators use to get over procrastination issues. The strategies suggested and tried are: trying to overcome it mentally by telling themselves that they need to focus and get it done, closing down all social media networks, or any technology that may cause major distractions, if they are not needed to complete the project. Another interesting suggestion was trying to find some kind of connection or interest in the task at hand because then the task will feel less daunting. Also, some try planning and making personal deadlines for when they want to have the task done. Many said that they use music to block everything else out and help them focus.

If you are having problems with procrastination, you are not alone. There are many others struggling with the same issue. Try these tips offered by KIS students and see if the methods they suggest are helpful to you. We all have different strategies that work for us.