In high school, college or even the workplace, many people tend to neglect an assignment that has an approaching deadline. It is merely impossible for people to claim that they have never waited until the last minute to complete a task. Recognizably, procrastination is not an unfamiliar term. I can vividly remember frantically attempting to complete a paper at almost two in the morning, just several hours before it was due. With my eyes heavy and my mind racing back and forth between my laptop screen and my cozy, warm bed, I always wondered why I had waited so long to finish my assignments. Why do people procrastinate? The answer differs. For some, it is for the adrenaline rush, while others it is simply because they had not found the time earlier. Whether it is the rush or the lack of free time, procrastination has many causes and effects.
Procrastination can be caused by the lack of available free time to complete an assignment. Whether it is an assignment from school or a task from a boss at work, many people seem procrastinate due to insufficient free time. People who find a hard time balancing work and school may sometimes find it difficult to set aside time to actually sit down and focus on an assignment. Where they should be stretching it out as a weeks or so worth of work, some may find themselves working it a few hours before it is due. In this case, these people are simply not properly managing their time. However, waiting until the last minute can also boost their adrenaline, making them work more efficiently, or so they believe.
Another reason people procrastinate is because it provides a rush or adrenaline. Waiting until the night before to do a paper is extremely risky. Not only is it nerve-wracking, but it can be exciting. I can remember thinking to myself, “How good of a grade can I get on this if I do it two hours before it is due? Challenge accepted.” In fact, sometimes I even seemed to do better when I procrastinated. I am surely not proud not proud of the way I would procrastinate, but getting A’s and B’s on most of my essays made me think I did not need to plan out my assignments, and that doing it at the last minute might not be a bad thing. I thought I was doing my best work when I was under that kind of pressure, however as stated in the article “Procrastinators Get Poorer Grades in College Classes, Study Finds”, Professor Tuckman says “There’s no way to know if you do your best work under pressure if you never try another way” (Grabmeir). Most of the time, procrastinators only know one way to do things, and that is at the last minute.
Procrastination can severely effect grades, especially in college. Procrastination patterns can start at any given time, however it seems that usually...