Stop putting ‘It’ off


It’s the middle of the semester and everyone is going out to the party tonight. I’ve put off my project for human sexuality as long as I could.

Eh, it’ll get done in the morning.

As a champion at dilly-dallying, I know that it’s a possibility to put it off until the night before. Or in this example, the morning before. The question I should care enough to ask myself is this, though: is it worth it? I’d do a better job on it if a few hours were set aside to take my time with it.

I’m not the only procrastinator on the planet, though. We’re halfway through the spring semester.

“But it doesn’t entertain me as much,” says William Hill, 21, a fellow trifler and student on campus. His sentiment, though brazen, has some truth to it. Nobody likes mundane tasks. The task is being put off because it doesn’t want to be done, be it by Hill, myself, whomever. Simply put, we’d much rather do something fun.

“It’s easier to put it off and just do it later,” says Hill, who swears by procrastination. Sure it’s a common thought to want to do it later, but remember: what is common doesn’t necessarily juxtapose itself with what is good. And to emblaze on one point Hill said, is it truly easier to put it off? Is anyone truly at ease when they’re racing to get something done before it’s due?

As a matter of fact, the outcome of procrastination is actually pretty bad. Not only does it lead to laziness, but it leads people to believe that the procrastinator in question just doesn’t care about what they’re doing. And that, in turn, makes everyone think lowly about said procrastinator.

Trust me, I’m a doctor.

The end product, whatever it may be, is better than that. Be it a project, homework, studying, whatever it is, even if it isn’t related to this esteemed collegiate atmosphere, deserves the fullest attention it can obtain. Not jumbled, fast-paced rushing due to last minute antics. That’s called, well, something that rhymes with half-mast.

I don’t need to quote a doctor or cite a study to prove that procrastinating is a very terrible habit to have. Think of me as captain obvious, reminding everyone reading this, that it’s easier to just get it done. Stop hating remedial tasks and just learn to love adult life. It is a part of being an adult, after all.

A responsible one, at least.