Last week, there was an in-class assignment given out. As a follow up, we were assigned to write an editorial on procrastination for homework.
We were given an article about a teenager winning an award (and $35,000) from her study on procrastination. She presented her findings at the National Young Epidemiology Scholars in Washington D.C. She found that psychological stress was an additional reason behind procrastination rather than just laziness. She also found that if the habit of not procrastinating is instilled at an early age, than a child will be less likely to put things off later in life. The article also mentions comments from Caroline's mother, Cathy. She believes that the amount of responsibilities young people take on could be a factor in things not getting accomplished on time. She feels that procrastination may be a nonfactor. It could just be that there is not enough time to get everything done.
I tend to agree with both Caroline's findings as well as her mother's idea. I do find sometimes that there is just not enough time to get everything done when it is supposed to be completed. It is also very easy to get into the habit of putting tasks off when you have been able to in the past. I think that Caroline's idea of starting the practice of not procrastinating early on could be a help in preventing it from occuring as much as it does.