Cause and Effect

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Michael Young
Cause and Effect

Procrastination can cause a lot of problems in college, but what causes procrastination? Procrastination is when you put things off until a later time, often the last possible minute. Not knowing how to start an assignment will often leave you “thinking it over” and thus putting it off until later. Lack of focus and fatigue will leave you looking for other things to do, and getting distracted frequently. Often it’s just laziness or lack of motivation that puts us into a mindset of “I can do this later.” Procrastination gets us putting off our goals until “a better time” but ultimately leaves us panicking at the last minute.

Sometimes an assignment seems too difficult to even start. Fear of what could go wrong can paralyze you. Whether you’re afraid that you’ll fail, or you’re afraid that what you do could be deemed wrong or foolish. What do you do when you’re a this point? Where do you start? When you can’t figure this out, it seems easier to just put the assignment off until you can get a better idea of how to do it. This could be helpful, but you have to remember to actually get back to doing it. If an assignment seems overwhelming, then trying to do it last minute will make it even more stressful. If you let it get to the point where you are stressed because of it’s difficulty, but now also the limited amount of time to complete it, it becomes even more overwhelming of a project. When working on a complex project, it might seem like it’s something that can’t accomplished. When facing a complex project, it can help to break it down into parts. If you write down what you need, and what you already know, that gives you a beginning and an end, which may make the project seem less overwhelming.

Often procrastination happens because distractions arise and the assignment gets put off. Many things seem more interesting. If work is done in a busy area or somewhere that’s very noisy, it’s more difficult to stay focused. Taking a...
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