This handout will help you understand why you procrastinate and provide strategies and also to combat this common writer’s ailment.
Everyone procrastinates. We put things off because we have too many other things on our plates because we don’t want to do them, or. Putting things off—big or small—is element of being human. If you’re scanning this handout, however, chances are that the procrastination is troubling you. You suspect you didn’t put off writing projects until the last minute that you could be a much better writer if only. You find that just if you have really gotten going on a paper, it is time to turn it in; so, you never really have time to revise or proofread carefully. You love the rush of adrenaline you can get whenever you finish a paper 10 minutes before it is due, but you (along with your body) are becoming tired of pulling all-nighters. You feel okay about procrastinating whilst in college, however you worry that this habit shall follow you into the working life.
You can tell whether or perhaps not you need to do something regarding your procrastination by examining its consequences. Procrastination can have external consequences (you get a zero in the paper because you never turned it in) or internal consequences (you feel anxious most of the time, even though you are doing something that you enjoy). If you put off washing the dishes, however the dishes don’t frustrate you, who cares? When your procrastination leaves you feeling discouraged and overburdened, however, it is time to do something.