GET STARTED ON OVERCOMING PROCRASTINATION
Human beings are funny creatures. Some are very efficient when it comes to fulfilling their responsibilities and meeting deadlines. Others are…not so good at it. In fact, some seem to specialize in putting things off until the last possible minute. Maybe that is just the way they work best or that extra rush of adrenaline they get from a looming deadline gives them the burst of creative juice they need.
Whatever the case, procrastination is a very bad habit. Life works best when everything follows some form of basic schedule. That allows for the completion of things on time and in the best quality, and also for us to form and maintain rewarding relationships.
WHY DO WE PROCRASTINATE
If there were something unpleasant that needs doing, wouldn’t the best plan of action be to get it over with? You would think so, but many people instead give in to the temptation of dealing with it later. This is often a way of avoiding stressful situations. Unfortunately, the problem here is that as tension builds and the deadline gets closer, your stress levels will undoubtedly increase.
Some people procrastinate because they are simply bad at prioritizing. If you have a test coming up, studying should be your main activity, right? Unfortunately, someone who is not good at prioritizing may think it is more important to see a movie on opening day so that no one spoils it for them. That sort of thinking is not going to get you ahead in school or life.
Let’s use homework as an example. As a triOS student, it is especially important to stay on top of homework because many of your courses only run for 2-4 weeks. That means that you will learn something new every day and need to do your part in preparing for the next class.
If you don’t prepare, you will likely not be able to participate in the class discussion. It is one thing to learn through listening, but the learning experience is much more beneficial when it is interactive. Simply put, you retain more because your brain is more active and receptive to new information.