Procrastination and Senior Fever


May Hefetz, Writer

Procrastination and Senior Fever

    We live in a society where students and adults wait until the last minute to get things done. Its called procrastination. People ask, what does it mean to procrastinate? Procrastination is the action of unnecessarily and voluntarily delaying or postponing something, despite knowing that there will be negative consequences for doing so. As a senior in High School, the last few months  are the home stretch where some but not all seniors are already over  attending school and completing school work.  Even though we may not want to do something at a certain time that we are supposed to do it , it is always better to do it and get it over with. We were all once guilty of completing an assignment the night it is due. Whether it was an essay for school, or even buying a gift for a loved one. Procrastinating now will cause negative consequences in the future. Planning out what we need to achieve is one of the best ways to not procrastinate. Even if it is something that you don’t like doing, it needs to get done. Get it done before it is due and reward yourself for it here and there. From buying a coffee, to buying yourself something nice it is nice to reward yourself for your accomplishments. 

     There was a survey taken by (Georgi Todorov) that shows the statistics of people who procrastinate. 15%–20% of adults regularly procrastinate. An estimated 80%–95% of college students procrastinate at some level, while 50% consider it to be a problem. In one study,88% of those surveyed said they procrastinate for at least one hour daily. Many individuals who are not taking efforts to help themselves in the early stages will lead them to creating a negative habit.  Procrastination is also a lack of self-motivation, self discipline, and even self control. This does not make you a “lazy” person as many individuals make mistakes, there is always room for improvement. Procrastinators on the other hand, have the desire to actually do something but can’t force themselves to start. Lazy people, simply don’t do anything and are just fine with it.

     In addition, many of us feel like that procrastinating makes you a bad person, but this is not the case. Students and adults have numerous responsibilities and may or may not enjoy the “job” they are procrastinating. Many of us believe that we can’t get things done because of how busy our lives are. If you want to you can, you just need to plan before. Seniors are the ones who say this when May and June comes around. It is the season where they really want to just graduate school and just enjoy their last summer before becoming an “adult.” Students are already having busy lives with getting ready for college, taking exams, etc. It is called “senior fever” or “senioritis.” 

  Overall, procrastination is something that many people struggle with and its nothing to be ashamed of. It is hard to overcome, but it is something that can be worked on. In conclusion, to better yourself you need to try to avoid procrastinating. The faster you complete a productive task, the more likely you are to develop a positive attitude during your school-day.