I chose this topic because students who have upcoming tests sometimes wait until the last minute to study. Additionally, boring homework might be avoided until the student is forced to do it because it is due the next day. I want to make them aware of what actually happens. In all honesty, I do this kind of behaviour where I wait to do big projects and other work until the last minute. I get really stressed out because I feel like I’m being overwhelmed by work but it’s just bad organizing skills. Other students might get that feeling as well, some more stressed, some less. This is important to me because I would like to find ways to prevent procrastination. This affects teenagers by losing their focus at school, losing hours of sleep on the day the student procrastinates, and making them lazy. They also purposely seek for distraction, a perfect distraction that most students have is going to their E-mail. This expands my learning by knowing that procrastinating isn’t the best option to do my work.
I learned multiple reasons on why most students procrastinate, their risks in the future if they don’t stop, and tips of how to stop it. Firstly, lack of interest is a common reason on why most students procrastinate. Sometimes, the work teachers give to study for an upcoming test might be too boring and seem to be easily forgotten. Most of the time, students will give up and try to do something else that’s fun for them, pushing back studying for the test until the night before the test. Additionally, lack of motivation can lead to procrastination. For example, writing an essay on a topic for homework might ruin the motivation of a student. They could tell lies to themselves such as, “I feel like doing this tomorrow.” or “I’m better under pressure.” This however, is not true. Most students do not get the urge to do work the next day or work best under pressure. In addition, they might tell lies to themselves again and repeat the process. Secondly, future risks of procrastinating lead to students being stressed or having less sleep on certain days. One thing that happens if they keep procrastinating is that it will lower their self-esteem. They might start to doubt and question their flaws, possibly losing their confidence. Having a low self-esteem makes them hold back, make bad decisions and maybe even losing their sense of purpose. Another future risk of procrastination is health. It could lead to feelings of depression which will start to affect other areas of a student’s life. Anxiety and stress are also linked to procrastination. Studies show more on how stress and anxiety damages people. Lastly, some tips on how to stop procrastinating are: breaking the task down so the sense of being overwhelmed is lessened, create a to-do list only consisting of items being avoided and eliminating temptation to do something else. The temptation is usually using the computer, other devices, and talking to friends about something completely not related to work.
In general, procrastination hinders students ability to learn and should be avoided at all times. This issue has caused many risks to students and they should be more aware of what they are doing to themselves. My thinking has changed by knowing how bad it is to procrastinate. At first, I thought it was okay to procrastinate, since I thought I could work better under pressure. But now, I learned that I should probably stop doing it. Honestly, I procrastinated in this assignment; I will stop tying to procrastinate after this. This influenced my thinking about wellness by being aware about the actual cost of these issues and how much it can damage someone’s life.