By: S. Costa Franco
The best way to defeat procrastination is to understand what it is first, so let's get into that. Do you remember that assignment you had to complete or test you had to study for which you postponed until the last possible second? And by the time you started it, you were already panicking, because you really would have to work hard to hand in the project on time? That is called procrastinating. And yes, we all do it. But we, as a community, do this with much more serious issues. Issues that involve our well-being, as well as the well-being of our planet. A lot of the time, the population postpones addressing serious issues that should have been addressed earlier so they could be better dealt with, just like many of you wait to do your homework the night before or even during the school day in which it is due.
Procrastination can be seen in many other circumstances outside of schoolwork. There are many serious issues that we have all solely addressed long after they should have been talked about and actions should have been taken. These include social discrimination problems, economic complications, destruction of habitats, and ecological impacts that our actions have on the environment. The effects of this include global warming, climate change and pollution. Many less fortunate communities struggle every day and are not addressed until the problem becomes very concerning; one very relevant example is the citizens who reside in shanty towns here in Brazil and live without water, only being able to purchase one bar of soap for the entire family per month. This has been a problem for a very long time but was only broadcasted in the news recently due to the current Coronavirus outbreak. This situation has gotten much worse because of our current situation.
Now that we have seen some examples and understood what procrastination is, it is fundamental that we understand why some of us do it. Understanding why this is an attitude that many of us adopt is crucial for us to find a way to put a stop to it.
Procrastination can lead to worse results because not only can problems become more complicated but because the span of time in which they can be solved becomes shorter, which can lead to poorly done work. It is possible that, at times, the procrastination of one can elevate the workload of another, as one has to delay their tasks to review or assist someone with theirs (such as your teachers), and even those who have to deal with the problem when you no longer can, may have a much more complicated situation to work out. Finally, procrastination leads to smaller and not very important tasks getting done first, which may give a false sense of accomplishment and takes time away from the most important tasks.
Fear not, however. There are many ways to stop you from having the urge to put off certain tasks. To prevent procrastination when dealing with serious tasks, it is necessary to: