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2.5: Procrastination

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  • Phyllis Nissila

    Following the introduction to procrastination in the Time Management Reality chapter, this chapter provides a deeper dive into understanding procrastination and finding solutions for it.

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    Complete the exercise below to help you solve what is arguably the number one detriment to effective learning at school, home, and/or on the job (aka procrastination).

    This personal inventory is a bit different from others you may have taken. It incorporates very little about the usual bad habit suspects when it comes to the “P” word and includes more on the other reasons for such a habit, as suggested in the previous chapter as well as one or two other procrastination-inducers which have cropped up in our now social-media-saturated lives. Perhaps there is, in fact, more to your challenges with procrastination than the assumptions about laziness, disorganization, etc. See what you think. More importantly, see what you can do about it.
    EXERCISE 18-1
    For each item, circle one. And feel free to add any comments you wish. Sometimes quick-answer exercises like this just don’t have enough of YOUR personal response options, but try not to overthink things. This is, after all, a simple snapshot of where your beliefs and feelings are at this moment in time.
    1. I admit it. Just like everyone else, I feel that I am lazy when it comes to getting my assignments and/or work done.
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    2. I am disorganized when it comes to getting my assignments and/or work done.

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    3. I get confused about what I am supposed to do for the assignment or task.

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    4. I have a hard time saying “no” to others which puts me behind in my work/studies.

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    5. I have this sinking feeling that I will succumb to the usual reasons for procrastinating, no matter what they are.

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    6. I just don’t think I have the organizational abilities to be able to stop at least some of my procrastinating.

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    7. When I was in high school it wasn’t a problem studying for most tests the night before.

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    8. I work best under pressure, so I think that procrastinating is really good for me.

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    9. When what I have to study or accomplish is just not that important to me, I find it more tempting to procrastinate.

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    10. I have a hard time talking myself into maintaining a better attitude about not procrastinating.

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    11. I think I have more time to finish something than I usually do.

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    12. It annoys me that some instructors assign so much homework when I have a life outside of school, too! So, I believe that it can be their fault that I have to procrastinate on certain things.

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    13. I am very social and spending time with my friends sometimes gets in the way of doing my work.

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    14. I can’t seem to stay away from social media.

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    15. Here is something (or perhaps more than one) not on this list that also causes me to procrastinate. (Possible issues might include a disability or some kind of learning challenge, homelessness or some other kind of living situation challenge, pregnancy, work hours and responsibilities, and/or personal life stress.)

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    NOTE: This exercise is not graded on responses. The answer key to this personal inventory is to get right into helping the learner start solving some of these causes of procrastination.

    As promised above, let’s get started with some immediate solutions as well as some perspectives that might, in time, help you adjust your thoughts and feelings regarding procrastination.

    EXERCISE 18-2

    Instructions:

    1. From your responses to the exercise above, select your top five challenges when it comes to procrastinating. Create a chart, such as this, but leave yourself ample space to fill in solutions you find:
      CHALLENGE SOLUTION
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    CC licensed content, previously shared:
    How to Learn Like a Pro! Authored by Phyllis Nissila. Located at: https://openoregon.pressbooks.pub/co...ocrastination/ License: CC-BY Attribution.
    Adaptions: Removed one exercise, modified an exercise, removed information specific to Lane Community College, opinion article, and some hyperlinks for broader audience purpose.
    “Do it now” image by Maklay62 is in the Public Domain, CC0