The Effects of Procrastination

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According to, procrastination means “to defer action; delay: to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost” or “to put off till another day or time; defer; delay.” Why do we procrastinate? I don’t know about other people, but I find that doing everything at the last minute, under the extreme pressure, makes me churn out stuff faster and better. I don’t know why….

Unfortunately, with this method, I stress out more than I need to. I lose sleep. I want to strangle the next person I see. I want to punch myself for procrastinating in the first place. But how ironic is it that sometimes the best work simply comes from procrastination?

To make my life easier, I should stop procrastinating, right? That’s easier said than done. You know how some people live off on thrill and adrenaline by doing risky thing? I think this is my “risky adventure” to feel that thrill and fear.

Really, though, I should stop typing this and get my arse to work. That’s probably the best thing if I want to complete a 2000 word paper by this Friday at midnight.


  1. Belinda on

    I know exactly what you mean. By the sounds of it you don’t procrastinate nearly as badly as I do, I’ve been doing essays the night before for so long now. :( It’s not a good thing either, the stress involved (even before I start the essay) is pretty bad. I think the panic involved really make the situation quite worse too.

    Hang in there Tara! Ganbatte! You can do it! When Friday is over, it’ll be done and you can breathe a sigh of relief!

  2. Do you remember my 10th grade paper? Do you remember how I stayed up until 2 AM doing it? Do you remember that I got an A on it?

    Haha! I always procrastinate. Except if it’s Math HW now. I do it. The problem with me is that I’m such an avid writer, and I have been told that I’m a really, really, really GOOD writer that I wait until the last minute. I can churn out a page and a half, handwritten, in five minutes. I have been timed. Typing up a paper is no big thing for me. And that’s part of MY problem. ^^

    But don’t worry, sooner or later you’re going to learn that procrastination isn’t a good thing. You’ll still procrastinate, but it won’t be as bad as you’re doing now. Procrastination leads to problems in the work place and what not. YEah, I don’t want that put on my annual evaluation that I procrastinate.

    Friday is soon, and it’ll be all over. Now, go write your paper!

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