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Procrastination. Why do we do it?

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Procrastination is one thing that all students have in common. While we sometimes try to plan ahead and occasionally get work done early, we've all been caught rushing to finish a project due to poorly spent free time. But why do we do it? We know that it will cause us anxiety, but we continue to succumb to the freedom of a deadline. I can take myself for example, I have two and a half hours until this post is due, and I had weeks to complete this assignment. Why did I do it? Because I simply thought to myself, "Oh, well I have to do 'excuse number one' today, and there just simply isn't enough time." If for some reason you're unlike most common people and have yet to grasp the concept of procrastination, this link should be able to help you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--9776KAqbM
But what subconscious reason is there to make this thought occur in our heads? Well, there are a few reason behind this. One, fear of failure. Some people procrastinate as a coping method to deal with their possible failures. "Well, I didn't get to put my full effort into that project, because I ran out of time," while truth-be-told, the fear of failure was in the back of their head the whole time they were given to do the project, but chose not to complete it in case they failed.
On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, procrastination can be caused by the fear of success. If a student completes a paper that is truly well written, the expectations of their next paper will be much higher than the last. If the expectations are higher then the student would feel the pressure to put more and more work into every project which would come with much anxiety and stress (ironically the same symptoms of procrastination). Along the same lines as procrastination due to fear of success, is perfectionism. A person who is a perfectionist would be viewing the project in a way where there is no correct answer, and too many possibilities. No one solution can be correct because there is always another answer seeming possibly better than the last. Those who have this mindset simply cannot make up their mind on how to get work done, so they just put it off.
While people suffer from their own inability to manage their time, the lingering thought constantly nags in the back of their head reminding them what they're putting off, and they are never entirely able to enjoy activities. On the plus side there are ways to overcome procrastination by means of cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. They therapy embeds proper thoughts into subjects heads in order to create a healthier thought process. To learn more about CBT follow the link: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cognitive-behavioral-therapy/MY00194 .

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