This word brings to the surface different images for each of us. If you are among the gifted that are not severely afflicted, you may picture yourself lying under a tree, contentedly drinking a lemonade instead of mowing the lawn. However, if procrastination has been a problem for you, the images are probably not quite so pleasant: a desk so cluttered that you can hardly see it beneath the debris; pulling all- nighters to get ready for a test; a research paper that is even now waiting to be done; etc.
"Procrastination does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sex, or ethnic origin" according to Burka and Yuen, authors of PROCRASTINATION: WHY YOU DO IT; WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT.
Procrastination can be defined as "the behavior of postponing". How troublesome procrastination is to you determines the severity of the problem. For example, external consequences may range from paying a library fine for an overdue book to failing a course. Internal consequences can range from mild irritation to rather strong self-condemnation. So why do you procrastinate and what can you do about it? To learn more, read on.
Seek assistance through the Counseling Center should it prove to be too difficult to change behaviors on your own.
This information was adapted, with permission, from Ball State University