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Procrastination Station: Learn How to Manage Your Time Efficiently

Sakhila Bista, [email protected]

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A bunch of assignments are always a problem for students.

It becomes a serious one when the due date for the assignment is near but you haven’t started it.

Eventually, you do it the night before.

The looming due date puts you under a lot of pressure.

The fear of not completing an assignment causes you to panic and finish knowing it is not as good as it could be.

If anyone out there has this problem, you should know that you are a victim of procrastination.

Procrastination is the action of avoiding work or delaying work that needs to be done.

Even though you know you’re going to have to do it eventually, you still save it for the last moment.

By this time, the excuses are endless but you’re ready to go.

There are many definitions for procrastination.

A neuropsychologist calls it a failure of executive function.

A social psychologist sees it as a problem related to emotional regulation.

An evolutionary psychologist thinks it could be partly genetic.

But, the conclusion is that it is not so great for us.

Procrastination can happen at any time.

When you start an assignment, you might realize that you don’t have enough materials and put off your work until next time.

People put things off every now and then, but procrastinators do it chronically.

This nature of pilling up work destroys your time and long-term goals.

A 2015 study from the Journal of Behavioral Medicine found that serial procrastinators had trouble managing high blood pressure and heart disease.

This means that procrastination has physiological consequences as well.

Although it always starts with an attempt to avoid bad feelings, it will definitely come back to haunt you later.

There aren’t many studies detailing how to overcome procrastination.

This is disappointing because it is such a huge problem for people.

However, there are ways to work through your lack of determination.

Procrastination can be avoided if you accept those feelings of stress, laziness or whatever it is keeping you from work and recognize that they are not going to just disappear.

Self-discipline is needed to rationalize your mindset and convince yourself that it is the same you that must complete the work.

The realization that the work must be completed sooner or later helps a lot to beat the tugs of procrastination.

Researchers recommend accepting the feeling rather than using it to avoid your work and understanding that getting things done is a way of reducing stress.

Everyone has their own perspective on procrastination and how to remedy it.

One universal way to fight against procrastination is to use self-motivation and self-regulation to get rid of it.

Say no to procrastination and if you are reading this article to procrastinate on something, go get started!

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Procrastination Station: Learn How to Manage Your Time Efficiently