Today’s Topic: The Constant Struggles of Procrastination
I highly doubt that procrastination is a topic anyone is unfamiliar with. We’ve all experienced procrastination at some point in time during our lives, and many people allow it to completely run certain aspects of their lives. No matter what your relationship with procrastination, it’s important to evaluate how you deal with it and what you can do moving forward to make your life a little less stressful.
When I was in high school, I wouldn’t work on a single project until the night before it was due. I just felt like I never had enough time to do the things that I wanted to do outside of school. Even when I was enjoying my free time or engaging in extracurricular activities, the latest project or report that was coming up on a due date would never be far from my thoughts. It wasn’t the best feeling to have, and it really impacted how I felt about high school by making me remember the stressful times more than the fun times.
After high school, I vowed never to procrastinate in my school work again. In college, I did all of my assignments the moment I got them. It was a crazy feeling to have absolutely nothing to do until a due date. The freedom was insane and unknown, and I often felt like I was just waiting for the next assignment instead of the next due date, like I had just moved my stress from one point to another. My priorities switched, and as such my fears switched as well. What if I got an assignment on a day I couldn’t finish it because of work or priorities? What then? How would I control myself from putting it off and becoming a procrastinator all over again?
After battling with procrastination throughout college, I finally graduated and got out of the school system. In my adult life, the only procrastinations I’ve known are in regards to work and my own personal goals and deadlines. Work procrastination is the most intense to deal with, as I know that the cost of not doing something on time is loss of pay or employment. For personal projects, however, the penalty for procrastinating is, well, nothing – at first. Yet, the more you put off your own personal projects that are supposed to help you grow and develop (and possibly even set you up for a better career down the line) the more you’re really hurting yourself in the worst kind of way.
My biggest setback and challenge is trying not to burn myself out by not procrastinating. I want to get everything done as soon as possible, but taking on so much often leaves me feeling empty and hollow. I don’t know what else I can do to remedy this, but so far I’ve taken to making sure I have ample breaks between projects in which to rest without the thought of due dates flying over my head; though I still have those at work most of the time to supplement for my personal project downtimes.
I don’t know if I’ll personally ever have a positive relationship with procrastination, but I know that it’s something that each and every one of us has to battle with at some point in time. It’s not easy to stay on top of every little thing in life without having to put off one thing for another, but I believe that there is a healthy balance of work and rest that may help with the stress of procrastination.