Procrastination| Making Life Harder

In my Adv. English class my teacher asked us to prepare a persuasive speech about any topic. I was having trouble thinking up a topic and I waited; hoping for inspiration. I waited until the night before and finally I knew I had to just start typing out ideas and go with the best one. After a few pathetic tries, this topic came to my mind. I know this topic is something that many other people struggle with so I decided to post it, hoping that it might help out someone like me who procrastinate as well.

I am here today to tell you this simple fact that will probably change, shape, and mold your life… Procrastination is bad, don’t do it. Personally, I have procrastinated many times and many of you probably have as well; many of us may have even procrastinated on this project. But if we wait until the last-minute, or 11:00pm in my case, to do the project, you can be very stressed, not do your best work, or even write down crazy weird things that you never would have otherwise. Mason Cooley said it best when he said; “Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.” Studies show that the stress of procrastination can put strains on your relationships with others, can compromise your immune system and make you more vulnerable to disease, and can cause you to lose your focus. This has personally happened to me when I procrastinate. Stress builds up, my immune system goes down, I get sick, and then I come back with even more work to do than before. Wayne Gretzky, a professional hockey player, said this of procrastination, “Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” What is the Solution? Don’t Procrastinate and manage your time well. Edward Young once said, “Procrastination is the thief of time.” Good time management can have very good effects on your life. It gives you more creative time, can give you more time with people you love, improves relationships with others instead of putting stress on the relationships, produces a better quality of work, and lessens stress and pressure. Napoleon Hill, an American author, made this statement about procrastination, “Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.” This statement is evident and true in many lives; we just keep putting things off until last-minute or even after that. We just need to remember that “procrastination is like a habit, it is really hard to kick, but it can make or break a person!” Procrastination can also make you lose opportunities; Victor Kiam stated, “Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.” Some opportunities only come around once and procrastination can cause that potentially life-changing opportunity to fall out of your grasp. Another effect of procrastinating is making bad decisions. When you are rushed on time and don’t have time to think ideas through, you can make the wrong decisions. Emotions also play a big part in this, when we are stressed and anxious our emotions tend to run high, which can cause us to not think straight. So lets kick this time thief and assassin of opportunities in the butt and instead use our time efficiently and productively.

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