At some point in their life, every student will have been affected by procrastination. According to the dictionary, procrastination is the action of delaying or postponing a task. In the case of a student, procrastination usually takes the form of avoiding doing homework and other assignments or studying for important tests. Especially for those who are new to the BSGE’s workload, procrastination can become a common trait. Far more than half the students at BSGE admit to being procrastinators at one point or another.
Procrastination occurs in a variety of different ways, and can lead to bad experiences in class along with deteriorating grades. “I end up staying up really late trying to finish what would have been easier without the stress and rush,” said Kayla Powers ’20. Similarly, “I have had to do rushed jobs in advisory, or totally forget the homework and have my grade go down,” said student Dart MacVeagh ’21. These are only some of the consequences students have had because of their procrastination. A general response from those who considered themselves procrastinators said that their progress on their homework and academic performance gradually decreases as they procrastinate.
There are many reasons why students decide to procrastinate on their homework and assignments. Anuar Bessam ’21 said, “I usually get super overwhelmed about the amount of work I have, and then I just binge watch Netflix or YouTube.” Many others have similar situations of being distracted, which prevents them from starting the work they have to do. Cindy Luu ’21 also stated, “I procrastinate because of distractions, like notifications and just being lazy.” Additional reasons that students procrastinate include social media, texting, and lack of motivation. The common trend within students generally suggests that technology and a lack of motivation to do what is needed are the main causes of procrastination.
Students who do not procrastinate, considering themselves productive workers, were asked to share their experiences without procrastination in their school lifestyle. Santiago Ferris ’22 shared, “I usually try to do my work as soon as possible so it’s ready for class the next day and have some free time after.” Other positive experiences included being able to sleep early, being organized, and being better prepared for tests and quizzes. Many who do not procrastinate find their school life more convenient and less stressful.
However, as hard as procrastination is to break, there are ways to improve the work styles of those who do procrastinate. Alexander Schletter ’22 suggests that the best way to get your work done on time is by “doing your work in a room with a desk and being in a place where the noise level is limited. Also, try not to be anywhere near your devices (like a phone) to minimize distractions/notifications.” Other potentially helpful tips from students included working in groups and setting up specific times when the a part of one’s work must be done. All of these methods are meant to neutralize the distractions that may prevent one from getting their work done. Moreover, these are only some of the many ways to tackle procrastination, but it will only happen through honest determination for one’s own progress.