Procrastination is my middle name

Procrastinator: My story

I am 8 hours away to submit my psychology research proposal for my cognition’s subject. My lecturer has given an ample time finish it, 2 months to be precise. Since the day the assignment was given I had done nothing except procrastinate till the final hours before it reaches its deadline. Then the mind wanders through the brilliant possible excuses and methods to delay the deadline. Getting a medical chit claiming your sick, saying that the power supply of your laptop has been tripped and lost all the assignments drafts. What is your favorite excuse?

So here I am now 7 hours and a half adventure journey in completing my research proposal. Let me take you to a week before, when a friend has already reminded me about the deadline of this individual assignment. I was aware of it given then I only had a week to complete it. As usual whenever I opened my favorite website called Google, my fingers automatically clicks on the facebook tabs. After some productive 2 hours commenting on friends break up status on facebook, tiredness beginning to crepe in and decided to go to sleep. After waking up, the husband came from work and need to show some loving towards beloved hubby. Once the session of racing with hubby on bed has reached the finish line, I felt hungry and looked for something to cook. Garlic bread with mushroom soup feels like a nice meal to have at this hour but soon to be disappointed that I ran out of garlic. I took my son to do some grocery shopping and stopped by for a nice cream. Finally arrived home to do the proposal all of a sudden feeling tired and went straight to bed. This cycle turned out to be my greatest habit as I managed to consistently do it without even reading any lines from my research journal for a week. So here I am now only left 7 hours to complete my journals after wasting another hour on Hubpages. Heck, why is it so hard to do this assignment?

Lesson Learnt

For those of you who has managed to read up to this point is either a really big fan of mine or you are also in the same boat as me which is delaying your task by reading my blabbering content. Procrastinate is bad, a really bad habit. I am from a certain group of people who likes to focus on short term gratification. Most psychology research states child with long term gratification tends to excel in their studies and career. It is obvious that procrastinate is bad. We all know what this habit will result into. It is either you will crack under pressure or give up half way. Between you and me, from a procrastinator to another,I am starting to feel like bursting into tears due to work overload and less time to get it done. So the next time you feel like procrastinating just procrastinate the procrastinate. Procrastination the grim reaper of potential. Do not let your dreams wait another day, week, year or a second.

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Matt in Jax 5 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

I have also painted myself into many corners by procrastinating and have found I tend to stay more on task if I listen to music while I work or take breaks often. Just not too often which is the hard part.


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

I so understand this habit. Here I am again looking at a deadline only to be reading hubs instead of writing. I think my problem is I like to work under pressure. A small sense of gratification. Great hub!


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Tweetmom 5 years ago from Newark Author

Thanks matt and tlpoague. Its nice to feel that i am not alone suffering from this bad habit. Feels bad tho that i contributed to your procrastination. lol ! But working under pressure is a good skill to have ;)


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

Good hub, thanks for sharing such an informative and insightful hub. I see by the smile in your profile photo that you truly enjoy life.


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Tweetmom 5 years ago from Newark Author

Hye luis,

Thanks for visiting my hubs. Looking forward to read more of your photography hubs :)


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

Will do, I post a hub per day, and do me a favor, never lose that smile...lol


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daffodil2010 5 years ago

nice hub ilke it voted up


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jpcmc 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Procrastination was part of my life in college. The blood to caffeine proportion was an all time high. I survived but I don't want to do it again. I hope everything went well with your research proposal.


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Tweetmom 5 years ago from Newark Author

@luisEGOnzalez Likewise :)

@daffodil2010 It is an honoured to have an experienced writer like yourself to drop by and read my hubs. Thanks!

@jpcmc Thank goodness I managed to sent it in at the deadline. Really hope it won't happen again (although i am pretty sure it is a tough habit to break).


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tsmog 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

hmmmmmmmmmm , , ,I proscratinate by planning, then planning some more, then planning my planning , , ,I like your quote "Procrastination the grim reaper of potential" and have posted it on my workplace PC monitor (almost wrote terminal, but that just didn't seem appropriate LOL) , , ,thanks for your helpful insight


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Tweetmom 5 years ago from Newark Author

@tsmog You always amuse me with your honest comments. Me too. Glad you liked it. Your welcome and thank you for your comment. Now lets not procrastinate anymore. ;)


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PK2010 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Tweetmom, please don't burst into tears. You can still make it. I love this hub of yours. There was a big smile on my face as I read through your hub till I read the line where you said you think you are bursting into tears. I actually wanted to give you a hug then and tell you it will be alright. Procrastination is a BIG thief of time, but guess what WE ALL DO IT. Like jpcmc, procrastination was a big part of my college life. Exam periods were always full of pressure for me, coupled with tons of coffee to keep me awake to burn the midnight oil!

I think when we know we are going into the habit of procrastination, we have to stop, take a back seat and ask ourselves why we are doing what we are doing. We do know the end result can turn out to be unpleasant, because the pressure mounts and we get stressed. So why do we do it? I remember making a comment on your question "why do people procrastinate" and one of my points was "fear of the unknown". However reading your hub I'm beginning to think of another factor - maybe procrastination is because we do not want to get involved in the task due to lack of motivation or being in an unwanted situation at the wrong time. Well that's my rambling opinion.

I know you are a fighter and a winner and even though you "love" to procrastinate, you will always come out on top! Good luck with your proposal :-)


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Tweetmom 5 years ago from Newark Author

Dear PK2010, your comments and feedbacks really touched me. Thanks for your kind words. I am glad we got connected through hubpages. I guess i was a very spoilt brat due to my upbringing that i tend to be less focused in task. Totally agree with you that we need to take time to evaluate what does this habit going to benefit us or causes more pain in the future. Thank you so much for your encouraging words. I submitted my proposal in the nick of time but i am confident my work would have been much better if I started it earlier. Thanks love.


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Rudra 5 years ago

I know what you mean about procrastination specially when it comes to assignment and projects at Uni.


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

I hear you. As someone once said, Indolence and procrastination were inherent in his constitution! I am as guilty of getting distracted from assignments and then running a marathon as the deadline approaches!

But perhaps, your procrastination is merely a preamble to delivering a superior assignment. I am sure in your head you have all the ingredients necessary. If only they make those assignments as much fun as surfing through hubpages! Good luck!

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