Procrastination leads to self-realization
Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 15:10
I have a horrible time dealing with procrastination.
The daunting task of starting something, even if it may be unimportant, motivates me enough to drive it away from my attention and place it aside for later.
Considering how silly and unproductive this is, why would anyone practice such a lazy habit?
Simply said, it is just way too easy to shrug things off.
Neglecting homework or putting aside paperwork from a job requires no effort, compared to finishing a challenging or complicated task.
Primarily, technological distractions nowadays pave the way for procrastination for many young people.
Never before has there been a time where everywhere we turn we find ourselves looking at a technological device that can help us take part in any endeavor we choose.
But this leads to an almost non-existent attention span, aside from actual attention deficiencies that many children or young teenagers encounter, whether it is diagnosed or not.
Thankfully I never needed medication for concentration and focus, but still find myself easily distracted enough at times.
My procrastination tendencies grew after my sophomore year in high school when I had transferred to Vista High School in Richmond, where students are only required to show up to school a couple times a week.
Having a drastically shortened but personalized experience with my teacher allowed for more avenues in which I could put off an assignment.
By showing that I was caught up with work and understanding the content I convinced my teachers to give me extra time in order to complete everything else.
No matter how far I got behind in schoolwork, I had made up electives here at Contra Costa College through concurrent enrollment, so I felt I could lose a grade and remain comfortable academically.
As much as I took away from Vista High, I picked up an annoying habit of doing everything at the last minute.
The leniency I developed from not completing work on time turned into plagiarism that had gone on unchecked into my first couple years after graduation.
My excuse was that no one would find out in my homework assignments if I could mask it well enough with my own writing.
It started out light with copying some sentences here and there, but changed entirely to where it consisted of one or two paragraphs of a paper.
Feelings of guilt and disappointment slowly prevented me from stealing someone else’s work as I furthered my academic career — but the damage was already done.
Every time I would begin a writing assignment I felt frustrated at the lack of creativity my mind came up with and was tempted to revert back to my old ways.
Nonetheless, I am at a point where my writing process does not need someone else’s ideas, but requires more time to formulate my own original ones.
Now that it takes longer to write I often feel inspired to read something unrelated or check unnecessary items such as bank accounts or emails as I am trying to do homework.
It does not matter what subject it is, I procrastinate the same with it.
Ultimately this slows my work rate and my transcript has suffered for it.
Either way, starting things is often times the hardest obstacle to overcome for many dealing with procrastination and is one task I’m trying to improve.