Having just returned from an entire week free of class, I thought it would be appropriate to acknowledge how little studying was done over the ‘study break’. The week was relaxed and fun, free from any worries. The last two days, however, I know that there were some feelings of panic, and Sunday was lost to frantic studying. But this is normal – it’s not that students did nothing because they were on break, but because the vast majority of them, have the tendency to do everything last minute.
The prevalence of procrastination does not mean that its existence is welcomed. Every teacher, from sec. 2 math to college level English say the exact same thing: don’t leave it until the last minute. And yet what happens? It gets left, by the students, the children of the future, until the last minute.This inability to listen to the advice of those older than us might, at first, seem like it’s detrimental or something problematic.But, in truth, I would venture to make the point that it actually demonstrates the resourcefulness, wisdom and tenacity of youth.
It takes dedication to stay up late finishing what you need to do, and it takes some measure of brains to be able to do it well. When faced with a time crunch, students will use shortcuts, look for alternative sources, or a more efficent method, in the hopes of finishing the task quicker. Often, the work produced is of a quality similar to work produced well before the deadline.
The point I make is this: if you know and accept that you procrastinate, and, most importantly, procrastinate well, then accept your fate as a procrastinator.