I sit at my computer at 8 p.m. and start working on homework. Two hours later—when I’ve finally finished the assignment—I remember another assignment that I had not contemplated writing that night. I am doomed to a restless night of staring at the computer once again.
It’s my fault of course, for not having an agenda, or at least not having one that I actually update once in a while. I try to commit everything to memory, but since when has that technique been confirmed foolproof?
College students are characterized by procrastination. Obviously, the independence and much more active lifestyle affect why we procrastinate. The University of Buffalo Counseling Services lists several reasons for which college students procrastinate. Among these are poor time management (obviously) as well as difficulty concentrating and negative beliefs.
The most evident consequence of procrastination is poorer grades. According to an article published by Ohio State University, the most severe procrastinators earned an average grade in the class of 2.9 on a 4.0 scale…while low procrastinators scored an average of 3.6. This is a difference of .7 points on a student’s GPA.
The article also states that these severe procrastinators make up excuses to keep up this habit. The most common statement for this group is “I work better under pressure.” This is a myth. You do not work better under pressure. It is simply the belief that you work better because the time passes by faster than it normally would if there wasn’t any pressure to finish on time.
In August of 2002, the American Psychological Association presented the results of various studies. These studies show that procrastinators are likely to have unhealthy sleep, diet, and exercise patterns. In addition, procrastinators are more likely to smoke, drink, and postpone seeing a doctor for acute health problems.
I attribute procrastination to the constant need for technology. We must type essays, research information, communicate with others that have information we might need, etc. However, when we log onto our computer, there it is: entertainment. We have e-mail, YouTube, Facebook, iTunes, Twitter, MSN Messenger, and the famous Google Search—and that’s only a few of the Web sites we check before we even begin contemplating all the work we have for the night. The solution: be smart about it. Don’t leave a ten page paper until the night before.
Duke University presents “I’ll Stop Procrastinating…Tomorrow”: