Procrastination is one of the best things I have learned to do for school related things. After reflecting on my four years of high school, I ultimately decided to give procrastination the recognition it deserves. Procrastination, the act of delaying or postponing work, and its effects can vary on the person, ranging from doing horribly or doing great academically. For me, procrastination has been a lifesaver.
I don’t stress over what I need to do, or worry about when I’m going to finish because I know I’m going to do it…
Over the years, I’ve noticed that most of my best work has come from procrastinating, while some of the worst has come from doing the work in advance or on time. When I work under pressure, my ideas and creativity flow easier than at other times. I don’t know how, but I also make better decisions from all the pressure.
As a plus, procrastination has helped me work better under pressure. Working under pressure can become nerve wracking and it can limit a person’s ability to work. However because I spend so much time doing work at last minute, I learned to do high quality work under that pressure.
One thing I really like about procrastinating is the time it takes. Because I leave things at the last minute, I have so much free time before starting to do work. Since doing work last minute takes considerably less time than doing it when there is time, it’s easier to procrastinate. The beauty of procrastinating is the fact that work will take less time and work will be done faster.
When I procrastinate, I know what I’m going to do. I don’t waste time around thinking about what I have to do because I have accumulated enough information that doesn’t make me waste time.
Because I’m so used to procrastinating, it has become part of my routine. I don’t stress over what I need to do, or worry about when I’m going to finish because I know I’m going to do it and it will come out as my best work when I procrastinate. Since finishing homework is a task I can do within two hours of procrastinating, I save myself the time by utilizing it by playing video games or hanging out.
Procrastination makes me less stressed because instead of being stressed when I do work on time which would take fours hours, I could be stressed for only two hours later in the day.
While procrastination is not encouraged and is instead discouraged by teachers, it has many beneficial factors, like the ones I mentioned before.
When you have a lot of work to do, there is essentially no free time.
Once a procrastinator, always a procrastinator.
(Feature image: Fellow procrastinator, Emily M., models the art of delaying the inevitable.)