There is something that all of us do or at least have done at some point.
No matter how hard we try to avoid it or beat it, it usually gets the best
of us. And although it seems like such a simple entity to defeat, we all
seem to give in to it, at least on occasion. I am referring to
procrastination, which looks something like this (
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and because of this, I have conducted in depth research on the topic, in
order to truly determine what type of impact procrastination is having
on my life.
Now I am here today to share my findings with you. My presentation is
threefold. First, I am going to define procrastination and show why
many of us do it.
Next, I am going to lay before you the variety of negative effects that
procrastination has on all of our lives, both physically and
psychologically. And finally, I am going to inform you of the myriad
of benefits of ridding yourself of the procrastination habit, and the
means of doing so. Through doing so, I hope to have convinced you
that procrastinating is not a good thing. I also hope to motivate all of
you to take action against procrastination in your own lives.
Take a few steps.
Procrastination has a variety of definitions, and is experienced by the
majority of college students, for one reason or another.
According to dictionary.com, which was accessed on April 9
and is an online dictionary available to all internet users,
procrastination is to defer action and to delay; moreover, it is to put off
doing something merely out of habit. It is also commonly referred to as
postponing needlessly. Now procrastination seems like a completely
unnecessary and avoidable thing in life, but it always seems to find a
way to creep up on you, as it does me. But you are not alone. In fact,
procrastination is so prevalent that around 95% of all college students
procrastinate on academic tasks. And I think that all of you will agree
with Irene Tham and her paper entitled Procrastination, published in
the Journal of Young Investigators in 1999, where she states that
“procrastination is a behavior that most, if not all college students fall