Procrastination Is Hard To Avoid, But It Is Not Your Friend And It Needs To Stop

Procrastination Is Hard To Avoid, But It Is Not Your Friend And It Needs To Stop

As individuals, why do we procrastinate?


Making good friends can be hard to come by these days especially those that you can depend on and trust to help you when you really need it. If you ever need a friend, please don't select someone named Procrastination because the only friend Procrastination has is named Delayed. They are besties for life.

Procrastination is defined as the action of delaying or postponing something. Some say that it is a sign of laziness, but is it really? It could be that perhaps a person really, really don't want to do something for whatever reason, so he or she keeps putting it off perhaps hoping that it will simply disappear. However, in real life, we all know that this vanishing act will not happen because this is not the Magic Kingdom.

Are you a procrastinator? Alright now, don't everyone raise their hands at the same time. Even if you are not guilty, I bet you a million dollars that you can name at least one person who procrastinates. OK, I have been guilty of this myself on a few occasions especially when I was in high school. However, I promised myself that when I started college that I was going to unfriend Procrastination.

In this article, we will be discussing the following:

  • The three forms of procrastination.
  • What are the effects of procrastination?
  • Why do people procrastinate?

While performing research on this topic, I learned that there are three forms of procrastination which is called thrill-seekers, avoiders, and decisional procrastinators. Which one are you?

Let's see. Thrill-seekers are described as an individual who waits to the very last minute to get something completed because they look forward to an adrenaline rush.

Being an avoider procrastinator is someone who uses fear as the reason why they are reluctant to complete the necessary task, and sometimes this is related to how they think other individuals perceive them.

An individual who is considered a decisional procrastinator is someone who is hesitant and unable to make a decision. They often question their ability and seek the opinion of others.

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Note that there are millions of people who procrastinate all over the world, and the more I learn, the more questions I have. What do we get out of procrastinating? Is procrastination an intentional or a habitual trait?

Some individuals who procrastinate may indeed fear the outcome of what would happen if the task is completed because in the back of their mind they may not actually want to do the task. In some cases, they may not know how to go about performing the task. Some procrastinators fall into this category because of their habits. They may have good intentions of getting the work done, but keep pushing it off until the last minute, this develops into a pattern and becomes a habitual trait.

Procrastination can cause various effects on the human body and personal life such as:

  • Health Issues: Anxiety, panic attacks, depression, headaches, insomnia, weakened immune system, and abdominal pain
  • Credibility Issues: Missing deadlines, not trustworthy, creates relationship strain, less dependable, and could hinder workplace promotions and/or pay rate increases

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Is procrastination considered a bad thing? In my opinion, procrastination will only become a bad thing when an individual allows it to continuously get out of control where it starts to snowball and it affects that person's life and others around them negatively. Now I asked you, what can be done to stop procrastination so that it will not become a vicious cycle?

In order to find a solution to eliminate procrastination, you have to first find the reason why procrastination is occurring. Sometimes procrastination can be caused by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) so you need to consult with your medical provider.

On a less serious note to assist with procrastination, you have to set goals for yourself and keep track of your projects by maintaining a journal and/or even setting alarms in order to keep yourself on track, I called this making a To-Do-list. Also, keeping yourself motivated about the task that needs to be completed will help eliminate procrastination. One rule is to never put off what you can do today because tomorrow is not promised to you.

The main rule to live by that I always want you to remember is to never bite off more than what you can chew, meaning that you should not overload yourself so that you can stay better organized with smaller tasks. If you find yourself getting bogged down and falling into your old pattern of procrastinating, don't be afraid to seek help.

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12 Things Only Low-Maintenance Girls Understand

I promise we aren’t lazy, just easy going.

Sometimes low-maintenance girls are looked at as lazy or sloppy. But in reality, I think low-maintenance girls are just so confident in who they are that putting in that extra effort isn't important to them.

Here are 12 things that only low-maintenance girls understand:

1. Leggings or sweat pants and a T-shirt is your normal everyday outfit

Why spend the day uncomfortable in some tight jeans or mini skirt when you can lounge around in some comfy clothes? We aren't here to impress anyone, we are just trying to sit back and chill.

2. Makeup is a special occasion

If you catch a low-maintenance girl with makeup on, take it as a compliment. We are trying to touch our face and rub our eyes as much as we'd like without makeup getting in the way. Not to mention, we wouldn't dare spend over $15 on some foundation.

3. We would rather stay in with a movie then go out for the evening

Something low-key and low stress always sounds better than spending the time, and the money, for a night out. I am perfectly content with taking advantage of my $7.99 monthly payment for Netflix.

4. You're always the first one ready

While your friends spend hours doing their hair, makeup and then finding the perfect outfit, you sit around and wait. Your 10 minutes thrown-together-look gives you time to nap while everyone else takes their sweet time.

5. When you say you "don't care what we do," you really don't care

Seriously, a date night off the McDonald's dollar menu is fine by me. I am not expecting you to wine and dine me on a big extravagant evening, I'm just trying to get a Big Mac in my mouth.

6. Your messy bun isn't a fashion statement, it's actually just your hairstyle

We aren't about to spend time curling or straightening our hair everyday. Every day is a good day to throw your hair up into a ponytail or bun.

7. The extent of your jewelry collection is one pair of earrings and maybe a necklace

Who needs more than one pair of earrings? Diamond studs match everything… right?

8. And your shoe collection is even smaller

Should I wear flip-flops or Converse?

9. Shopping isn't exactly your favorite thing to do

Who has patience for finding the perfect designer brands or finding the best fit? I am perfectly content with my T-shirts and leggings. One size fits all.

10. Your favorite gifts are the sentimental ones, not the expensive ones

A homemade card or a small gift that makes someone think of you is forever better and more meaningful than an expensive present. I don't want your money, I just want to know you thought of me.

11. You don't put in the effort to chase after a guy

I'm awesome and I know it. If a guy is worth it enough to be in my life, he can come after me. I am not down for any games or players. Just someone who embraces my low-maintenance qualities.

12. You are always the first person to help someone out

Giving your friends a ride or lending them two dollars isn't a huge deal. Just helping someone out gives you peace of mind. Everyone should have time to help a homie out.

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I'm The Person Who Always Says 'Yes' And I'm Tired Of It

I'm sorry for being blunt, but being a people pleaser is a tiring job.


Being a people pleaser runs in my family. My mom and I talk about this weakness of ours all the time, especially when we are both worn out from saying "yes" too much.

When it comes to academics, I always go above and beyond to ensure I did everything correctly in order to please the professor or teacher. If there's ever an instance where I feel as if I can't meet or complete a task, my anxiety takes over and out comes a handy-dandy panic attack. Typically, this ends with tears rolling down my cheeks, a headache, and someone telling me to worry about myself and to not stress if it's hurting me too much (if they see me panicking, that is).

Me going to check off "handy-dandy panic attack" in my handy-dandy notebook after a long day.

As a high schooler, the game of saying "yes" was easy and somewhat manageable. In college, however, that game has changed, and it has changed drastically. There was something about non-stop work that was added in… not a fan.

I don't know why saying "yes" has always been instilled in me, but I cannot think of a time when I was not constantly saying "yes" to others. The moments you will always catch me saying "yes" are moments when it comes to helping someone. Sometimes I interject myself because I feel guilty if I don't offer the help.

Of course, there are instances when I truly mean the offer I give, but then there are other moments when I highly regret asking. There have been plenty of times where I have gotten myself into too many outings at once and my extroverted-introverted self becomes beyond angry with myself.

If I say "no" to someone, there's this sense of guilt that hangs over my head for at least a week and it doesn't go away.

While I enjoy making others happy in (almost) any way possible, I believe it is time for me to start saying "no." This does not mean I will be saying "no" to every single thing someone asks me to do, but rather, I'll take a second to think about how much time and energy will have to go into the whole situation before diving in headfirst.

My new slogan will be "Just say no… sometimes."

Instead of stressing over every detail of an assignment for class, I'll stress over the major details rather than the microscopic ones. Before I interject myself into a situation, I will take a moment and think about whether my help is even necessary or wanted. This will be no easy task, especially for this anxiety-ridden people pleaser, but I am going to do the best I can. The over-achiever in me needs to sit down, take a chill pill, and over-achieve in the category of saying "no."

For those who also say "yes" way too much: breathe. The world will be okay without our help, even if it feels like it won't.

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