Why You’re A Procrastinator

How much work on that report have you completed today? A paragraph? A page? Maybe only a word? No matter how much you’ve done, you’re not doing it now, are you? You’ve decided that it is finished or not worth doing or simply too hard but whatever the reason you say, the likely reason is the one you refuse to acknowledge. You’re procrastinating. Everyone can procrastinate but not everyone is a procrastinator. Joseph Ferrari, a psych professor at DePaul University, claims in this source that about 20% of people could be chronic procrastinators. Now that number might surprise most but to some, it seems very reasonable. If that is you, then you might just be a procrastinator. Many people are and their procrastination often leads to delaying choices that they need to make. This is the most detrimental form of procrastination and one of the most common.

So how do people get to this point? Well, it all starts with a choice, or, in most cases, many choices. One of the leading causes for procrastination is a fear of making choices. This is often a direct result of being overwhelmed by choices in the past. The place that this usually happens is in college. People that enter college for their first time often are faced with a significant amount of choices. This can be stressful enough but when that person has never had to make large decisions like that before it can be even more damaging.

We know that a main cause for procrastination is an overwhelming amount of choices made available to someone who hasn’t had to make decisions like that before. We have a problem and a cause, but what’s the solution? Well, thinking about this as a concept, a kind of idea or action that humans just do, is the wrong way to think of it. If we think like this, we won’t ever fix the problem. Instead we should treat it like a disease. If you try to treat a disease for its symptoms or if you treat individual patients and cases, then you’ll never be rid of the disease. A disease needs to be destroyed at the source. Therefore, we need to identify where this problem starts and find the solution there.

But we already know where it starts! This problems source can be traced to the first quarter of college. Students being overwhelmed by choice leads to them not wanting to make important decisions in the future. To solve this problem, we need to make a more positive environment for students to make decisions in. Help them choose and teach them that making a wrong choice is not the end of the world. This, however, would require many resources to be spread out across the entire country. That is something that shouldn’t be challenging for our society but, for some reason, is. The real solution is to work together to make this dream a reality. We can work together for the common good of other humans, we have before. And when we do, great things happen.