Fear is the root of the problem

Procrastination, in my opinion, is not about being lazy or sluggish. In fact, when we procrastinate we often work intensely for long stretches just before our deadlines. Working long and hard is the opposite of lazy, so that can’t be the reason we do it.

Some say they like the “rush” of leaving things till the very end and meeting a deadline. But they usually say this when they aren’t working under that deadline. They always make such statements long after cramming when they have failed to remember or even realize the negative results and problems of procrastinating.

Not to mention, leaving things to the end dramatically increases the chances something will go wrong – like getting sick or a technical computer problem – and not being able to pull off the desired grade. So, procrastination can be hard on us and actually increase our chances of failing, but we do it anyway.

Still some people claim they “do better” when they procrastinate and “work best” under high stress or pressure. Virtually everyone who offers this answer procrastinates as a habit and will not finish an important academic task until right before their deadline.

Hence, in reality, they can’t make a comparison about the circumstances under which they work best. If you always procrastinate, and never really approach your tasks systematically and in order and in an organized manner, then you can’t precisely say that you know you “do better” under pressure.

Procrastination is not a matter, purely, of having poor time management skills, either, but rather can be traced to underlying and more complex psychological reasons. This point is further proven by Professor Joseph R. Ferrari from DePaul University.

He stated that procrastinators can be classified into decision-avoiders and task-avoiders. People who delay making decisions are usually dependent on other people and rely on others to make their minds up for them. They usually blame other people when something goes wrong.

Those who delay taking action, on the contrary, make decisions, but never follow up on it. I think their reasons for delaying and avoiding the tasks ahead are rooted in fear and anxiety—about doing badly, of having no control of our outcomes, of looking dumb. After all, we often avoid doing work to avoid our abilities being judged, don’t we?

Note: The above article is an analysis of the topic and my own opinions. Any similar wordings or ideas are entirely coincidental.

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