Seniors are notorious for procrastinating and have even come up with a fake illness called “senioritis” that they claim is the cause of it. Although I try to do all my work on time, of course I have put things off until the last minute before.
When I decided to write about five days without procrastination, I started to think of all the different things I had due in the next five days. Labs, presentations, drafts, all the were due in the week that I had taken the initiative to do my work on time.
Eighty-seven percent of high school and college students are self-proclaimed procrastinators, according to prnewswire.com. Many blame this on television series, YouTube, or social media.
If you are struggling with procrastination, give yourself the ability to log off. It is always better to be able to focus on one thing at a time. Make sure you’re prepared for the task, plan out everything beforehand so that you aren’t waiting until last minute to complete something. Don’t be afraid to ask your teacher for help if you’re confused about something, instead of just not doing the assignment.
If your teacher gives you an assignment and tells you it is due in a month, go ahead and start doing little parts of it instead of waiting. Procrastination seems innocent but in reality it can cause high stress and hurt your grades.
There have been many times I have found myself typing an essay an hour before it is due online or glueing together a presentation that I needed for the next period. We are all guilty of pushing off something important until the very last minute, only to realize we have no time left to accomplish or finish what we needed.
I realized that to hold myself accountable I needed to completely separate myself from my phone and to focus on the one thing I had in front of me. With practice and family events, sometimes it can be hard to find a lot of time to focus on only schoolwork, but making time is necessary and can help you in the end.