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I’ll do it tomorrow. I’ll do it in a minute. The procrastination epidemic is sweeping across the college nation and we've got to work to end it.
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Procrastination: I’ll do it tomorrow. I’ll do it in a minute. The procrastination epidemic is sweeping across the college nation and this one word has become a familiarity to all. That one single word is probably why you’re reading this article right now. Despite its nature to come as more of an excuse for laziness rather than an explanation, science has started to concur with the idea that we might be prone to procrastinate.

According to the American Psychological Association, about eighty to 95 percent of undergraduate and graduate students admit to procrastinating or feeling the need to procrastinate when it comes to their coursework. This delay in taking on the responsibility of completing our plethora of homework, projects or papers can take on a large range of measures. Small actions like scrolling down social media to larger things like taking on other commitments like clubs or sports can all be subconscious ways to avoid certain tasks.

The best way to combat this need to delay work is to understand exactly what you’re feeling it and how to move past it. Here are a list of the five most common forms of procrastination and a few suggestions on how to just get the job done:

1. Poor Time Management

While this may seem obvious, some people don’t realize that their procrastination is really just a sign that they incorrectly divide out their time and have misconstrued priorities. Odds are, you’ve known that you have had a speech to give for two weeks but you still haven’t started. It just happens. Balancing a social life and a school life (and a work life for some) isn’t easy. While we would all love to take apart of this “live in the moment” movement our generation is in, the fact is that sometimes you have to skip wine night, sometimes you have to turn off the TV, and sometimes you have to buckle down and do things even if you don’t want to. The best way to handle this is to schedule. Plan out times to study and work in between all the fun things on your planner.

2. Laziness

Sometimes, it wasn’t that we had other things to do or that we would have rather done, we just don’t want to do anything at all. Everything sounds better than finishing that paper, that ALEKS assessment or studying for your calculus test. Sometimes our mind would like to do nothing. We absolutely lack motivation. To combat this laziness, allow yourself small rewards or study with a friend. Promise yourself a Starbucks two hours from now or go grab a snack after thirty minutes of studying. Having someone there to help keep you on task is a good tool as well. Just make sure it's someone dedicated to their work enough to guilt you into doing yours, or someone who cares enough about your sanity to push you to work.

3. Overwhelmed

You’ve pushed a lot of things to the side, unaware at how high the stack of things needing your attention was climbing, and then all at once these tasks are sitting at your doorstep all with deadlines approaching. Times like these leave you feeling spread too thin and utterly intimidated. Finding a place to start seems impossible, but starting is actually the most foolproof way to overcoming your overwhelmed-ness. Pick something random, pick something small. Just start on one project. Even if you don’t finish that project in one sitting, doing something is always better than doing nothing. Continue to do this whole picking-away-one-bit-at-a-time thing until you’ve reached the point where those giant stacks aren’t so giant anymore. Don’t allow yourself to make something harder than it already is.

4. Perfectionism

We’ve all said it, “I’m waiting for the time that I can sit down and do it right.” The sad fact is, that for some of us who are always going 90 miles an hour, this time probably won’t find us. Which leaves us not doing it at all. We sit and make lists of things to do and how to do them, but our fear of incorrectly completing a task leads us to leave those lists unchecked. This is an ideology in which you just have to will yourself to let go. You can’t truly do anything perfectly and trying to do so is just another added stress. Sit down and handle each task to the best of your ability and leave yourself feeling proud of that.

5. Fear of the outcome

Following along with the fear of not being perfect sometimes our inability to start a task stems from the fear of all possible outcomes. Not only failure, but sometimes we are afraid of success and the growth that follows as well. The best way to overcome this type of procrastination is to embrace the future like you would embrace a surprise party. Get excited about not knowing what comes next and be prepared to handle everything with grace and excitement. Find motivation in seeing something through to the end.

It happens to us all. Our 20-minute nap turned into a two hour one. A quick lunch with a friend turned into a shopping trip, a movie and dinner. "Let me check this Facebook status" turned into reading two Odyssey articles and taking four Buzzfeed quizzes. When it’s so easy to entertain our minds, it is equally easy to snowball into hours and hours of unproductiveness. It’s time to recognize your procrastination, admit your procrastination (and I don’t just mean on Twitter for all your followers), and decide to step up and do something about it. Really, Netflix is so much more enjoyable when you don’t have to think about that test you haven’t studied for while every new episode is loading.

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I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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5 Tips To Help You Feel Better If You're Sick

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Not to brag, but I don't get sick very often, maybe once a year. When I do find myself a little under the weather, there's a few things I like to do for a faster recovery. I have no idea if any of these are 100% accurate, but I'd like to think they do. None of these will immediately make you feel better, but they'll help quicken the process.

Drink lots of water.

This one is a no-brainer, but it can be hard to do sometimes. I know when I'm sick, I definitely don't think about it. Water can help flush toxins out of your body, makes you hydrated, and can help you feel more awake and energized! If you're not a huge water drinker like I am, Tea also helps.

Stay home.

If you're sick, it's honestly better if you just take a day off and focus on feeling better. If you're worried about going to school or work, it's better that you don't spread anything. Let me just say, I'm fairly certain the last time I caught something was because someone behind me in a class was coughing through the entire lecture.

Rest.

This one goes with the last point, but sleeping will help your immune system fight off any infections. It's good to take some time off and get any extra sleep you can.

Clean everything.

I like to wash all of my clothes and bed sheet, because they're what I wear and touch the most, especially my pillow cases. This will help get rid of some germs and stop them from spreading. It's also good to disinfect anything you touch often, like doorknobs and table surfaces.

Take medicine.

This one also sounds like a no brainer, but seriously if you expect to feel better soon you should be taking some sort of medicine. At the very least, it'll help with your symptoms, so you're not couching or sneezing every couple minutes.

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