Let’s see a real life example of what can happen whenever you procrastinate: You can have a blog due to be written, and had a full month to write it, but you feel that it can be finished the night before. So, you wait. But whenever you go to write it on your laptop, no programs will open and the computer will not listen to any of your commands, then you realize your computer has a serious virus. So, of course, you panic, try troubleshooting the issue, and try to do everything in your power to get rid of it before the blog is due to be posted. Finally, after a total of eight tireless hours spent ridding of the virus, you can write the blog and ensure that it’s turned in on time.
Notice with that whole real-life story it all could have been prevented, if the blogger decided to finish up the blog at an earlier point. Of course, not all examples of procrastination go like that. Most of the time the assignment won’t be finished, or you’ll end up missing the deadline anyway despite your best efforts. Then you’d think to yourself, “Why wasn’t I motivated to finish (blank) on time and give it all I have.” That’s why motivation is key.
To become motivated is difficult to achieve, but not completely impossible. Just look at the people who excel at sports, in the business world, or celebrities (okay, maybe not celebrities, but still some of them did work for what they have), they all had to apply themselves and get the job done, so to say. All you have to do is find a consequence, good or bad, to allow you to keep motivated. Tell yourself, if you don’t do this, there’s a chance that you’ll fail, or do badly on an exam, or tell yourself what could happen if you stay motivated and complete everything on time. Or you can even work on some kind of reward system with yourself, like if you do part of something, take a break and spend some time playing a game or surfing the web, but after continue and repeat the process— it all depends on what works best for you.
Just remember: don’t take time for granted, it is a valuable resource and there’s only so much in a day. Don’t be like the blogger; try to get everything done before there’s a chance that you’ll see the worst effects of procrastination take hold.
– Kaylynn, student blogger