Procrastination: The Bane of my Writing
Procrastination is a major issue in our world today especially in colleges. It has cost people their lives and equally given them life time regrets. I have been an inveterate perfectionist-procrastination since birth. Procrastination has been the bane of my existence as a human being. I procrastinate doing the dishes, making lunch, doing laundry and even to eat food. Growing up as a kid was easier to cope this issue – procrastination because my parents literally had to push me to do everything, starting from performing my morning rituals to bed time. But right now this issue has gotten worse because I don’t have my parents in America to push me around to do certain things. Ironically, as I sit in front of my computer wishing I was somewhere else and writing about this wide spread phenomenon, I am actually procrastinating. Obviously, I can’t count the number of times I have checked my phone for Facebook notifications, went as far as tweeting with the hashtag #I’m writing# ,let’s face it: well I wasn’t! even as I struggle to develop this paragraph, snacking, I just need to grab a glass of iced grape juice which later turned into watching one of my favorite programs “Trauma in the ER’, being a nursing major I am so interested in the program, the doctor told the parent of the boy who was rushed to the emergency ward “if you hadn’t brought him now, he would never had made it”. This made me to ponder on the food for thought I actually saw in an article I read on a site www.motivateUs.com. The writer said something very thrilling and puzzling she said” If a fireman procrastinated about going into a burning building to save a child, it could mean the difference between life and death. If a police man drove 55mph to the scene of an accident, it could mean the difference between life and death. If an employee decided to wait a few days to apply for a promotion, they would never be considered” .A little time wasted can actually ruin someone’s life “Procrastination never won a race, received a promotion or changed the outcome of any situation”. When it comes to writing, I always have this mindset that my future self is better prepared to write and equally face these distractions ”Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well”-More Maxims of Mark( Mark Twain), and so I delay starting that article. Heading off to college and leaving Africa to a foreign country was very exciting, even having best intentions and hopes to explore the opportunities that awaited me, the thought of procrastination was my worst nightmare. The thought of knowing that I have the potential to be an incredibly awesome writer but I’m held back by the forces of this virus “procrastination” According to Merriam - Webster dictionary, “to procrastinate is to put off intentionally, the doing of something that should be done”. I put off my essay writing because I have so many things to do, all my classes equally demanding. I could be a much better writer if only I didn’t put off my writing projects until the last minute. “Students are biologically and socially predisposed to put off until tomorrow what we should do today”, says Dr. Piers Steel, author of “The Procrastination equation” Just when I have gotten focused on the paper, I find out that it is already time to turn it in. I really never have time to carefully proofread and revise the essay. Discernably, I am tired of pulling all-nighters, I am pretty much scared that if this issue is not tackled now that I’m still in college, I may soon be swimming in the pool of procrastination and it may follow me into my working life and family in future My phobia for failing has prompted my procrastination because I’d prefer to avoid working on paper if I know it’s not going turn out too well. I see myself as a “perfectionist”, thus I expect so much from myself and get scared if I can meet these high...
Cited: Fantasy Faction – Thursday, February 6 , 2014
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