Procrastination is defined in the text as to “delay an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse off for the delay.” The lower incentive value of a task causes more people to procrastinate doing it. The book also states that students tend to procrastinate on assignments they find less interesting, students tend to do something else instead (i.e.- socializing). While discussing this topic, the book gives many examples of students and their procrastination habits. I could easily relate this example to myself, being a college student.
In my freshman year of college I had to take a required teaching class. Since I did not plan on being a teacher, I had no interest in the topics we covered. At the end of the semester we had to do a project, which involved doing a presentation to the class and writing a seven page paper on the topic we presented. Even though we were notified about the assignment from the very first day of class, I waited until 11pm the night before to start this assignment. It took me until 2am to finish it. Once I completed the paper part I closed the document on my computer without saving it. I then became very anxious and searched on every file to see if I could recover it. I couldn’t find it, and therefore had to rewrite the entire paper all over again! When I finally finished it was 5am. That left me two hours to sleep because the class I had to present in was at 8. I woke up, got an extra large coffee, and somehow managed to get through my presentation. Although I got a decent grade, if I had not procrastinated my grade could have been much higher. Also, if I started the assignment much earlier in the semester I would not have been as anxious as I was that night.
Below is a link about procrastination. It is a cartoon is about a man that is trying to get “his stuff done,” but he allows himself to be distracted by many things throughout his day, thereby, procrastinating getting “his stuff done.”