The Negative Effects Of Procrastination In College Students

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Time management is something that most people struggle with, to varying degrees. This problem runs rampant particularly among college students in the form of procrastination. Procrastination is the art of putting something off until the very last possible time that one still has the ability to achieve it. Procrastination often has very negative effects and can cause underachievement, stress, and lack of sleep. However, some people would argue that they work best under the pressure of a deadline, so procrastination may be capable of helping to produce good results in these cases.
Some people work best under pressure, so they may be able to work best and be most efficient with a deadline near. They might find working with no pressure to be difficult
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If something, such as homework, is not done until the last minute then it most likely will not be the best it could be. This is primarily because if someone waits to complete their homework until the night before, they will most likely be in a hurry to turn it in on time. Rushing can lead to small mistakes that wouldn’t have been made otherwise, there is not always time or energy to go back through a paper and look for every grammatical error after staying up until two in the morning writing it. Also, certain things, like writing a paper, are not supposed to be done in one sitting. It’s not the best idea to write a rough draft and then go straight into revising and making of the final draft. If every task is procrastinated, then one might never produce their best work. Procrastination can become routine, and pretty soon average work is expected, and standards are dropped; this makes it even easier to continue subpar work, and eventually dissolves the drive to do …show more content…
Getting tasks done early relieves the pressure and stress that comes with the possibility of turning them in late. People already have enough stress in their lives from uncontrollable things, but we still voluntarily do things to increase stress, like procrastinate. Waiting until the last minute to do your homework, vote, or clean your house for a party creates stress because of the knowledge of lack of time, and the importance of completing whatever the act may be. In correlation to this, procrastination can cause stress about the quality of the work, and the judgement of the work. More often than not, work created in a stressful, rushed environment is lower quality, and this tends to impact the way it is viewed by others. Specifically in a school setting where quality is tied to grades.
Tied directly to stress is sleep. Losing sleep or working while tired causes more harm than people realize. While it may seem like it saves time to do a week of work in one night, it might truly be the opposite. Working late at night is harmful because according to Peri (2013) tiredness worsens concentration, thought speed, and judgement. Therefore, staying up too late leads to inefficient and poorer quality of work. So, after staying up late already caused stress, but is compounded by the poor results. This stress can lead to an underlying fear of failure, which results in more stress and procrastination.

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