Everyone puts things off until the last minute sometimes, but procrastinators chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions. Procrastination in large part reflects our perennial struggle with self-control as well as our inability to accurately predict how we’ll feel tomorrow, or the next day. “I don’t feel like it” takes precedence over goals; however, it then begets a downward spiral of negative emotions that deter future effort.
Procrastinators may say they perform better under pressure, but more often than not, that’s just their way of justifying putting things off. The bright side? It’s possible to overcome procrastination—with effort. Perfectionists are often procrastinators; it is psychologically more acceptable to never tackle a task than to face the possibility of falling short on performance.
Procrastinators fall into one of the 3 categories.
First Category of Procrastinators
The first category comprises of those who justify their delay by telling
- I’m too tired and I need to relax;
- I’m not a machine,
- I need to take a break.
- I’m not in my best mood.
- I’m too busy.
- The deadline for the task is far away, I will not start now.
- It is very late today, let me start tomorrow.
Second Category of Procrastinators
The second category of people delays because they think
- I will prepare better before starting – I may not do a perfect job if I start now.
- I may not be the competent person to do this.
- I may be seen as a failure if I do not do well.
- This job does not require my competence, anyone can do it.
- What is the immediate benefit I get by doing this task?
- I do not know how to start.
Third Category of Procrastinators
The third category of people delays due to various distractions. This may be because the motivation and commitment levels are low. The reasons could be
- There are more interesting things than this.
- This is not so important.
- I will meet my friends before I start my work.
- I will watch the television only for 10 minutes before I start studying.
- I will check my messages and email on my phone before I begin my work.
It is estimated that about 80 – 90% of students procrastinate. Thus, procrastination is a monster standing between an individual and the life the individual wants to live.
The cure for this malady is elusive because procrastination is an attempt to resolve underlying issues we are not necessarily aware of — like anger, perfectionism, and self-doubt. While it does eliminate the anxiety associated with these problems, the root causes remain.
So when a Student is determined to Enter into Medical and Engineering streams they should be predetermined and carefully let out this so-called Dark playground and move forward. This is the success mantra of the students.