The Pros And Cons Of Procrastination

The Pros And Cons Of Procrastination

An explanation of the good and bad parts of procrastination.
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"Oh! My paper is due in two months. Maybe if I start it early then I won't have to think about it." One week goes by..."Maybe I will wait until next week..." Another week goes by..."I still have a lot of time to write it! Maybe if I start next week, I can put my best effort into it." Three more weeks pass. "Oh man...I've just been too busy. I will write it next week. Besides, I have a fun party to go to!" Next week I find that I am booked up with more schoolwork and hanging out with friends. The day before the paper is due, I finally start working on it. Now there is heightened stress of how to finish it on time. I pull an all-nighter just to finish it and, unfortunately, the paper isn't done to the best of my ability.

Procrastination, we all do it! We make excuses and put off important projects or daily chores until the last minute. Some of us never complete tasks that need to be finished. In fact, this article was finished two hours before it was supposed to be turned in. Procrastination is a serious problem for a majority of people. The question is, is there anything good about procrastination? Or is procrastination all bad? In this article, I will talk about the pros and cons of procrastination. Maybe it will help with organization in your daily life.

Cons

It would only be fitting to start out with the cons because that is what everyone sees procrastination as: a con.

  • Stress is a huge con of procrastination. Right when some realize they have something to do, all they do is think about that task until it is finished. Others may forget about it and then realize that they need to complete a task last minute. No matter what type of person you are, the procrastination of a task will give you stress at one point.
  • Another con is not doing the task to your full ability. Because the task was done at the last minute, it may be done sloppily and not done to your fullest potential. Giving oneself a greater amount of time, one can be better and use their best effort.
  • Anxiety is another con. I know that stress is similar to anxiety, but some people constantly worry about having to do a project but make excuses to not do it until the last minute. Although they got the project done, they are mentally exhausted. They wasted so much energy on thinking about doing it instead of actually doing it.
  • Disorganization is a major con of procrastination. When a person constantly procrastinates assignments, chores, and projects, they eventually have a huge pile of work to do and don't have enough time to finish everything.

Pros

Believe it or not, there are pros to procrastination!

  • Being under pressure can be a good thing for some people that need to do a huge project. For some, if they wait until the last minute, if helps motivate them to do well. Working under pressure can help them succeed! However, this does not apply to everyone.
  • Another pro to procrastination is that it might not be necessary to do work until the day before it is due. Maybe worrying about it is more of a hassle because the work will eventually get done. Some people don't need to do projects early to feel better that it is done.

Maybe there is a happy-medium of procrastination and finishing a project. I think everybody varies in how they need to prioritize their work, but looking at the pros and cons should help make organization happen!

For the most part, it is best to get things that need to be done on time. So as in the words of Shia LaBeouf: "JUST DO IT!"

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You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.
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High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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I Expected It To Have It All Together By 22 And I'm Still Far From That

What we expected and what reality actually is, are two completely different things...

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Oh our 20s, how we expected them to be so different. We expected to graduate college at 22, have a career by 23, be engaged by 24, married with a house by 25, kids by 26-28, vacationing with the family by 30, and retired by 60. We expected college to be parties and cute boys/girls. Instead, we got late nights of studying and crying after a job that barely pays for our car, food, dorm, and textbooks. We get no social life and if we do our grades suffer for it.

Our 20s were expected to be all fun but all we got were struggles and stress. I mean I don't know about you but I expected, to have it all together and I'm nearly 23 and far from it. I had all the scholarships and great grades, and I still don't have any type of degree.

Reality hits after 18. Most of us don't have the help of mom and dad anymore. We have to find our way and make a path for ourselves. Sometimes our dreams and goals have to be put on hold for that. The 20s isn't fun. It's about discovering who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to go. Some of us serve our country, some become incarcerated, some of us parents, some teachers, others cops, others travel or study abroad, some dead, some ill, other managers, others homeless, some still living home, and some even addicts.

The weird thing about your 20s is everyone is doing something different, but yet everyone is confused and comparing themselves to others. People feel if they're not doing what others are doing, in their age group then they have failed themselves. What people forget is that with life comes obstacles and sacrifice and everyone's life and situations are different. You are where you need to be right now, for you, and I think that's something to remember in your 20s.

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Another thing about your 20's is you're free to think for yourself now. No more having to follow a religion you dislike or hold back from things you love. The world is literally yours to discover and learn from. Possibilities are endless! I think your 20's are the years you create yourself to the best version of you and build the foundation for your future. Just remember, we all build at our own pace.

Signed,

The lost 22-year old that believes in you

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