Everyone procrastinates. We put things off because we don’t might like to do them, or because we now have way too many other stuff on our plates. Putting things off—big or small—is part of being human. It is likely that your procrastination is troubling you if you are reading this handout, however. You suspect you didn’t put off writing projects until the last minute that you could be a much better writer if only. You see that just if you have really gotten going on a paper, it’s time for you to turn it in; so, you won’t ever obviously have time for you to carefully revise or proofread. You like the rush of adrenaline you receive once you finish a paper 10 minutes before it is due, however you (and your body) are getting tired of pulling all-nighters. You are feeling okay about procrastinating whilst in college, but you worry that this habit shall follow you to your working life.
You are able to tell whether or perhaps not you must do something regarding the procrastination by examining its consequences. Procrastination can have external consequences (you get a zero from the paper in) or internal consequences (you feel anxious much of the time, even when you are doing something that you enjoy) because you never turned it. You, who cares if you put off washing the dishes, but the dishes don’t bother? If your procrastination leaves you feeling overburdened and discouraged, however, it’s time to do something.
Is there hope?
If you believe you will be a hopeless procrastinator, take heart! No one is beyond help. The reality that you procrastinate does not always mean that you will be inherently lazy or inefficient. Your procrastination is not an untamable beast. It is a habit who has some specific origin, which is a habit you could overcome. This handout will help you start to understand why you procrastinate and present you some strategies for turning things around. For many procrastinators, however, there are not any fixes that are quick. You aren’t going to wake up tomorrow and never procrastinate again. However you might wake up tomorrow and do a couple of things that are simple will allow you to finish that draft a little earlier or with less stress.
You may not be surprised to learn that procrastinators are usually self-critical. So, while you consider carefully your procrastination and battle to develop work that is different, try to be gentle with yourself. Punishing yourself every right time you understand you’ve got put something off won’t help you change. Rewarding yourself once you make progress will.
In the event that you don’t care why you procrastinate—you would like to know very well what to accomplish about it—then you may as well skip the next area of this handout and go directly to the section labeled “What to accomplish about it.” If you skip to your strategies, however, you may only wind up more frustrated. Making the effort to learn about why you procrastinate may help you steer clear of the cycle whereby you swear down and up you have a paper due, you are up until 3 a.m that you will never procrastinate again, only to find that the next time. trying to complete the initial (and only) draft—without knowing why or the method that you got there.
Why it is done by us
To be able to stop putting off your writing assignments, you will need to realize why you have a tendency to do so within the first place. A number of the reasons that folks procrastinate include the immediate following:
Because our company is afraid
- Anxiety about failure: If you are scared that a particular piece of writing is not going to come out well, then you may avoid working on it to avoid feeling the fear.
- Anxiety about success: Some procrastinators (the writer for this handout included) fear that when they begin working at their full capacity, they’re going to turn into workaholics. That we will also write compulsively; we envision ourselves locked in a library carrel, hunched over the computer, barely eating and sleeping and never seeing friends or going out since we procrastinate compulsively, we assume. The procrastinator who fears success may also assume that if they work too hard, they will certainly become mean and cold to people around them, thus losing their ability to be friendly and to have fun. Finally, this type of procrastinator may believe that when they stop procrastinating, chances are they will begin writing better, that will increase other people’s expectations, thus ultimately enhancing the amount of pressure they experience.
- Concern about losing autonomy: some social people delay writing projects as a means of maintaining their independence. They procrastinate as a way of saying, “You can’t make me do this when they receive a writing assignment. I am my person that is own. Procrastinating helps them feel more in control of situations (such as for example college) for which they genuinely believe that other people have authority.
- Anxiety about being alone: Other writers procrastinate simply because they like to feel constantly attached to other people. For instance, you might procrastinate until such time you have been in such a bind that someone has got to come and rescue you. Procrastination therefore ensures that other folks will likely be tangled up in your daily life. You may put off writing because you don’t desire to be alone, and writing is oftentimes a activity that is solitary. In its worst form, procrastination itself can become a companion, constantly reminding you of most that you have to do.
- Concern with attachment: as opposed to fearing separation, some social people procrastinate in order to create a barrier between themselves as well as others. They might delay in order to create chaos in their lives, believing that the chaos will away keep other people.
Whether these fears appear in our conscious or subconscious minds, they paralyze us and keep us from taking action, until discomfort and anxiety us to either a) get the piece of writing done or b) give up overwhelms us and forces. (The preceding is a listing of Chapters 2-4 of Jane B. Burka and Lenora M. Yuen’s Procrastination: Why you will do It, how to proceed about this.)
Ourselves to be perfect because we expect
Procrastination and perfectionism often go hand in hand. Perfectionists tend to procrastinate themselves, and they are scared about whether or not they can meet those high standards because they expect so much of. Perfectionists sometimes believe that it is advisable to give a half-hearted effort and keep maintaining the belief that they are able to have written a good paper, than to give the full effort and risk writing a mediocre paper. Procrastinating guarantees failure, but it helps perfectionists maintain their belief if they had tried harder that they could have excelled. Another pitfall for perfectionists is that they tend to ignore progress toward a target. Provided that the writing project is incomplete, they feel as though they aren’t getting anywhere, in the place of recognizing that all paragraph moves them nearer to a finished product.
Because we don’t like our writing
You quality writers could procrastinate on writing in all its imperfection because you don’t like to re-read what you have written; you hate writing a first draft and then being forced to evaluate it. By procrastinating, you make sure that you don’t have time for you to read over your projects, thus avoiding that uncomfortable moment.