Procrastination

Suzanne Kaiser, Feature Reporter

“The assignment is due next Monday.”

“This project takes two weeks to do. Do not wait until the last to complete it.”

These statements are only the beginning of what students hear, yet somehow the words do not sink in.

One of the biggest problems that students have, no matter how old they are, is procrastination. Procrastination is the process of putting things off until the last possible moment. It is an awful thing to do, but it almost seems impossible to not do it. As hard as a habit that procrastination is to break, it should be broken for multiple reasons.

Procrastination produces a lot of stress and anxiety as a result of worrying about obligations which have not been met.  This creates a physical toll on the body and threatens physical well-being.  It taxes the immune system and can lead to other problems as well.

Procrastination also attacks one’s mental health.  The stress and anxiety that it causes tend to provoke insomnia and other sleep problems.  Stress and anxiety can lead to or awake already existing depression. The inability to successfully complete tasks can also mess with a person’s feelings of incompetence and unworthiness. These things seriously compromises one’s self-esteem and self-worth.  The inability to stop procrastinating creates feelings of powerless and hopelessness which also lead to depression.

Procrastination can also affect students grades. Sometimes students push assignments off until the last minute, but sometimes it is just too late and they do not receive credit for the work. Ultimately, this could cause major issues such as a straight A student receiving a D in a class because she put too many things on the back burner.
In the end, procrastination is a terrible thing to do and should be avoided at all costs. It can lead to mental issues, physical problems, and mess with grades.

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