Procrastination has plagued us. It is a terrible habit to fall into and, like any other habit, really hard to get out of. It is a trap you fall into without realizing it. Once you realize what you have been doing, you have already been trapped. Escaping from that trap is a lot harder than it was to fall into it. Falling takes less time and effort than getting back up. It’s like you have been digging a hole and the whole time you didn’t realize that you were digging it. For me, that’s what procrastination feels like.

Without knowing, you find yourself going down the road of procrastination. You find yourself becoming lazy and unmotivated to work. When you finally convince yourself to work, it’s a drag. It feels like it’s taking forever and so you just tell yourself that you’ll do it later. By the time that “later” comes, you’re frantically trying to get your work done. It’s like you’re body has been keeping that energy from you that whole time. My history teacher used to tell us that it was good when we were stressed because it motivated us to work. In that context, stress could be good, but stress has a lot of negative effects. We procrastinate until we get stressed and let the stress motivate our work.

Procrastination causes our work to be rushed and not as effortful. Everyone has a lot of potential, but that potential may not be evident in our work if we procrastinate. The first thing you have to do is commit yourself to getting out of procrastination, knowing that it’s going to take a lot of time and effort. The second thing you have to do is actually make the effort. Breaking a bad habit doesn’t happen overnight or just in a few days. It is a long process and might even take months. It just depends on how dedicated you are to stopping your procrastinating. As long as you’re not willing to give up, you’ll get through it.

By Fisson Tibbo