Struggles of procrastination

Procrastination. It gets to the best of us. Procrastination is the action of delaying or postponing something. Almost everyone has performed some action of procrastination at least once in their life. However, some of us are true professionals when it comes to procrastination.

In the TED Talk, “Inside the mind of a master procrastinator” Tim Urban, the speaker, addresses the topic of procrastination. He speaks about what it can affect and how it affected him in life. Urban makes a lot of great points and tries to explain what it is like to be a true procrastinator. A piece of the video I found quite interesting was the panic monster. Inside the mind of each procrastinator there is a rational decision maker, an instant gratification monkey, and a panic monster. The instant gratification monkey derails the plans of the procrastinator and keeps them distracted from their task. The Panic Monster is what enables the procrastinator to finally start and complete their desired task. When a deadline is soon approaching and nothing is done the panic monster jumps out and scares away the instant gratification monkey, causing a panic to put it in high gear and get some work done. I found this quite interesting because I can personally relate.

It is hard and draining when you wait until the last minute to complete every task you ever have to do. I am personally a master procrastinator when it comes to the majority of my life. I cannot control myself. I delay tasks such as going to bed, waking up, getting ready, doing school work, leaving my house, eating a meal, cleaning up, and even going to the bathroom. Every second my mind is telling me, “You need to get up and go to the bathroom, why are you not getting up, seriously get up now.” But my body is doing the exact opposite. I cannot move, I feel paralyzed, stuck in this spot and unable to move even though every being in my body is telling me to do so. I am not lazy. I yearn to be someone who has the willpower to get up and take action. I have always been a procrastinator but it’s only gotten more severe over time. Quarantine took a toll on me and how I live my life. My body got used to staying in and doing nothing all day everyday and sleeping until almost noon. It is a struggle to fight these habits but I have been pushing and am noticing change. I have the desire to be active and out and about but sometimes my body disagrees. Procrastination isn’t always simple and about finishing your homework minutes before a deadline. It can be much more than that. Sometimes you can’t control it even when you are trying your hardest to.



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Grace O'Donnell

My name is Grace O’Donnell, this blog is for my English Composition II class at the University of Akron.