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  • Sadhika Patankar

The Procrastination Pitfall

Procrastination is the art of turning today into someday.

As students, we've all been  there - staring at a blank page, unable to start that assignment or study for that test. Procrastination is a familiar foe that can seem impossible to defeat. However, the truth is, procrastination is not a personal failing, but a common experience that can be overcomed.

Procrastination often stems from fear, anxiety, or perfectionism. We may feel overwhelmed by the task at hand or fear that our work won't meet expectations. Sometimes, we simply lack motivation or get distracted by social media, video games, or other temptations. Whatever the reason, procrastination can lead to serious consequences on our academic performance, mental health, and relationships.

Procrastination is something that almost everyone experiences at some point in their lives. Whether it's putting off studying for a test, delaying work on a big project, or simply avoiding household chores, procrastination is a common phenomenon that can have serious consequences. In fact, it is not just a personal issue it is also a social issue that affects individuals, communities and society.

In academics, procrastination is also a significant dilemma. Students who put off studying for exams or completing assignments often find themselves struggling to keep up with their classmates. This can lead to lower grades, increased stress and anxiety, and ultimately, a feeling of inadequacy and failure.

It leads to a drop in your happiness and a break of your trust in the eyes of others.

In some cases, chronic procrastination can have long-term consequences for the individual and society as a whole.

One of the reasons why procrastination is such a pervasive issue is that it is often fueled by underlying psychological factors.

For example, individuals who struggle with low self-esteem or perfectionism may be more prone to procrastination, as they may fear failure or rejection. Individuals who have difficulty managing their time or setting goals may also be more likely to procrastinate, as they may struggle to prioritise tasks and stay organised.

In conclusion, Procrastination emerges from the constant strive to achieve more, the need to always end up at top and most importantly to transcend the expectations others have. Although, when viewed from an alternative perspective, procrastination can be helpful in order to not pile up too many tasks onto oneself. However,in most cases it leads to putting off one’s duties, resulting in the building up of greater stress and an endless list of undertakings which do not necessarily benefit an individual. 

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