Self Control…Get Some.
As I sat here in the library as I have been for 3 hours, trying to finish this essay that was “due” a week ago, I began wondering why I procrastinate as much as I do – I mean yes mostly because I have the attention span of a 4th grader, but I wanted to understand procrastination from a more scientific perspective. I started doing some Google searches and found a stockpile of psychology articles, all giving lists of reasons why people procrastinate, many of which included: poor impulse control, poor planning skills, lack of self-confidence, and reduced use of meta-cognitive skills; none of which are all too flattering. But personally, I don’t really see too many of those qualities in myself, so I searched on. I came across a blog titled “Procrastination: A Basic Human Interest”, in which the author discusses his procrastination of writing a memoir, and while doing so he presents a question that I think pretty much summarizes the issue of procrastination. He asks, “Are there some things that aren’t really worth doing?”
Now in no way am I trying to say that this paper specifically isn’t worth doing, but do you guys think that the reason we procrastinate is be cause we don’t see a point in the assignment? Are we just being lazy teenagers? Or something more? I would love to hear what you guys have to say … why do you think we procrastinate?
P.S. How do you all feel about this idea of no late penalties? Personally I think it might be the death of me.