Procrastination Nation

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Photo by: Calder Hollond

When was the last time a teacher gave you an assignment and your first thought was: “I better finish that as soon as possible”? The truth is, not many students are aware of the wonders that not procrastinating can do for grades and even mental health.

In a small survey of 13 seniors, 12 responded “yes” to the question, “Do you procrastinate?” With such comments like: “on everything”; “everything but research paper”; and “doing it the night before isn’t even procrastinating. Doing it the block before is,” said Taylor Keesee.

Taylor brings up an interesting point of view. With block scheduling, students start to put off work for the next day, which leaves them with the work from the previous day. As work piles up, study time gets pushed to later days and blocks until it reaches the stressful point of one block before the class it is due.

Procrastination is not laziness, with student like Madison McDowell, it is a survival skill. She said, “I don’t always procrastinate. Sometimes when there’s an overload of homework, I do. Because I’ll keep putting it off to do other homework. But then there’s times that I just want to be on top of everything and I get everything done early.”

She also mentioned how when basketball season comes around, her schedule is centered around practices and games that take hours upon hours and demand attention along with hard work.

This is not a rare case. Hundreds of students are involved with sports at Basehor-Linwood. A common sight is a textbook in the lap of someone on the bus or a couple students quizzing each other.

When met with no challenges, a student relaxes and usually has time to focus on homework or additional needs, such as sleep. But in order to keep grades and mental health in-check, students need to start doing work earlier and end the contagious procrastination bug.