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If you’ve assignments on your head, upcoming exams and you haven’t prepared for it yet, that’s because you think you were too busy the whole day, you’re too stressed or broke. Hold On! You are just giving yourself excuses because in reality you were just dawdling around or scrolling through the newsfeed of Instagram and Facebook.

“My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” – Charles Dickens.


In simple words, it is doing something you enjoy putting off the tasks that are important, but in terms of psychology; it is replacing the high priority tasks with the one with low priority.

For instance, you have got a job report to present and you’ve 5 days in hand to do so. You spend the first 2 days partying at night neglecting the report and the 3rd day you sit down, make a few attempts and crumble the paper, you’re stressed. On the fourth day, you realize it’s too late, but you still try to write few paragraphs, and you’re not satisfied with it. You open up Wikipedia for some help, but you’re distracted by Whatsapp messages and notifications, you think that you’ve spent about 3 hours doing nothing but scrolling on Facebook. The final fifth day when you’ve to submit your report, you somehow manage to complete it all, but not efficiently.

What does the youth say?

Arshad Emam, a JEE aspirant from Kota says. “I don’t support procrastination, but end up doing it anyway. For me, it’s like avoiding the task till the deadline pass by, and then damn I don’t have enough time. Reasons are my usual tendings of doing things that I enjoy or things that are a lot easier, or less important than the task itself. You may observe, it is not laziness because, when you’re lazy you don’t wanna do anything at all. Here it is like not wanting to do some certain things, which are obviously different every single time.”

An emerging artist from Chandigarh said, “Procrastination is not toxic unless it’s for an academic exam. Let’s just stop taking procrastination as a barrier. Every jump demands a run, every stroke requires 18 seconds of thoughts to get together before they’re applied to a paper.”

With the help of a survey I conducted, I got know that a few of them said that by procrastinating they get relaxed while some said that they’re just too lazy to do anything.

PROCRASTINATION – A threat to life.

For few people, it can be tremendously disruptive to everyday life. For them, it may be a symptom of some psychological disorder. It has been linked to depression, irrational behaviour, low self-esteem, anxiety and neurological disorders such as ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Procrastinators report more stress, more symptoms of physical illness, and more medical visits as the deadline approaches than to non-procrastinators.

Does it have a good aspect as well?

“When you procrastinate, you’re more likely to let your mind wander. That gives you a better chance of stumbling onto the unusual and spotting unexpected patterns.” – Adam Grants, a professor at the Wharton Business School.

The procrastination thought process works best for people who are working on innovative projects and need creative ideas to solve pending problems.

Wajiha Haider
Wajiha Haider
Constantly wandering in search of people and their stories.