How Many People Procrastinate?

If you ever look at something or if someone told you to do something and you told yourself  “I’ll do it later,” you procrastinate. Many students procrastinate on every little thing from school to home. “I do procrastinate and I feel like everybody does to an extent,” said Senior Mark Matthew.

According to Co-Founder at truePrep Tim Urban in a 2016 Ted Talk, there are two types of procrastination.

“One [type] is the deadline. Like you have a “monkey” in your brain saying “no, let’s do something else,” and then things without deadlines, where your brain is saying “you have time to do it, no need to rush,”” said Urban.

Most students were honest and said that they did procrastinate, but they put it on a range. 

“I procrastinate like once a week on school work and house duties,” said sophomore AnnaLia Bynes.

“I procrastinate in a lot of my everyday things or big things in my life,” said Senior Alexandra Rodriguez.

Most students procrastinate on school work.

“I procrastinate on my school work especially in English because it is boring and makes me want to sleep,” said junior Alexzander Gray.

Some students who have procrastinated in the past said they have been getting better at not procrastinating.

“I have been better because now I’m trying my hardest to do my work and keep up with everything,” said Gray.

When deadlines are coming, students get a little anxious.

“When a due date comes up I rush and tried to get stuff done and in the end I get a bad grade because I didn’t put forth the time to the assignments,” said Bynes. 

“I feel worried and wish I’d do things sooner instead of setting them back or making things at the deadline,” said Rodriguez.

All of the students did have advice to people who are thinking about procrastination.

“Don’t procrastinate because it will catch up with you in the future. Don’t say “I’ll do it later”; do your work and keep it 100% with everyone,” said freshman Daniel Gray.

“It’s not good for them and they just need to work on doing everything when asked instead of last minute,” said Bynes.

Another helpful tip is to try not to doubt yourself.

“Look for help when you’re doubting, [don’t] keep pushing everything to “later,”” said Rodriguez.

Students thinks you shouldn’t do it.

There are ways to fix your procrastination situation, according to the website mindtool.com. 

First, the website advises, is that you need to realize you’re procrastinating. There may be a good reason that you’ve put off work, but often you’re just on your phone or some other off-task behavior that isn’t helping.

You need to start recognizing that behavior as procrastination, and work to limit it. If you leave a task on your to-do list for a long time, you’re probably just procrastinating. Either delete it from the list and decide to forget about it, or do it and move on.

Next, you have to tell yourself why you are procrastinating. You might see a task as too big. If so, break it into smaller pieces you can check off your to-do list. You’ll see progress, and feel like the task is doable. Sometimes, the task might see too small and unimportant. In that case, just do it quickly and get it off your list, instead of continuing to skip over it and never get it done.

 Lastly, you have to adopt anti-procrastination strategies. For example, make a written to-do list, use your phone’s Reminders app, or have reminders from family or friends. There are apps like Toggl and Offtime that monitor your phone usage and help keep you on track.

Procrastination is something everyone does at some point, but there are ways to stop the habit, and get into a more productive situation.

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