Why procrastination is a thief of time

Madison Merkel

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       Just about everyone puts off completing tasks, responsibilities, and objectives at some point or another. Maybe it’s part of our human nature, maybe it’s because we enjoy the consequences that come with a deadline. If you’re wondering, procrastination is the action of delaying something that is apart of our daily lives. Some examples are not writing up an essay until the very last minute, playing a bill the day its due rather than long before, or shopping for a holiday the day of that holiday. It happens and just about everyone is guilty of doing it. 

     Here are some unpopular questions. How do we prevent procrastination and why do we do it so much? Is it a bad thing to procrastinate? At what point does it become a problem? As often as we do it, we can change it. However, we have to look at the reasons. Some reasons we procrastinate is because of the lack of resources. An easy task may be put off because of the lack of money, tools, time, etc. Most times procrastination is due to a lack of money, as things like bills involve money. 

      People also procrastinate because they simply have better things to do, perhaps because they have bigger problems to solve. They don’t think about putting off completing something when it’s because of the lack of time, when it facing them. Many students at school put off writing assignments if they need to study for an exam or prepare for an important presentation. The other few students just don’t care about school to do their work. A parent may procrastinate on fixing something in the house because they need to spend that money on feeding their children, paying the rent, or saving it for gas money. On these decisions, we often don’t think about the consequences of all the options available. 

      Other times people procrastinate out of dread, as well. They choose not to do something because they don’t want to do it, or because the process of doing it is not so pleasurable or something they want to do. It’s easier to put off doing it until it’s necessary to do like- yard work, taxes, repairing a home and doing laundry.  

      In conclusion, procrastination is a part of daily life and different people do it for many different reasons. Quite often, it has pros and cons: procrastination may be helpful for an individual’s comfort and pleasure, but in the long-term, it can have negative consequences such as going into debt and can prevent one’s success. However, it may be completely fine to procrastinate on home projects, but never a good idea to procrastinate with work-related tasks and responsibilities. Therefore the individual must know what task is pressuring to get done and what one that can be pushed aside for the time being. Some successful individuals may seem like a person who doesn’t procrastinate, someone who does what they are supposed to do when it’s due regardless if they want to complete it or not. That is simply called self-discipline.