Procrastination might have an even greater influence on high school pupils. Students who wait until the last minute tend to obtain poorer grades than their colleagues after they enter high school and begin receiving more take-home tasks and larger projects. This is because they are so busy trying to finish everything that they do not have time to study.
The more you delay doing something, the more difficult it is to get it done. This is called "the procrastination penalty". The longer you leave a task before finishing it, the less likely you are to finish it at all or do it properly. For this reason, students should try to identify some of their most difficult assignments and start on them as soon as possible after getting them home from school.
Poor grades often befall those who fail to plan ahead or prepare adequately. If you want to succeed in your high school courses, you need to set yourself goals that are challenging but realistic, and work toward them steadily every day. Remember: high school grades depend primarily on how well you handle yourself within the classroom environment; they also play a role in determining which colleges will accept you into their programs. So make sure you're putting in the necessary effort required to succeed.
Students' academics, grades, and even their overall health might suffer as a result of procrastination. Students who procrastinate face increased levels of irritation, guilt, tension, and worry, which can lead to major concerns such as low self-esteem and depression in certain situations. 27% of students report feeling depressed sometimes or often due to stressors related to their school work.
Procrastinators also tend to perform less well academically and be absent from classes more frequently. They are at greater risk for developing anxiety disorders and other problems that can impede their progress.
Finally, procrastinating students may be putting themselves at risk for serious health issues. When you delay dealing with something you should do (such as writing a paper or filing your taxes), it gives you time to feel sorry for yourself or fall into another task that seems easier to handle than the first. This can lead to feelings of frustration and anger which can cause students to eat or drink too much or use drugs and alcohol to calm down. Further, not taking care of your health can have serious consequences for your mind and body, such as when you fail to deal with an illness or injury you may need to seek medical attention later on.
The main thing is to try not to let things pile up and to find ways to get them done.
Also, since students who procrastinate are often late for class, they risk not getting the grade they deserve for their efforts.
Procrastinators tend to put off tasks that they find difficult or unpleasant. They may postpone homework that they think will take too long or spend too much time on tasks that don't interest them. Often, these students would be more motivated if they felt that there was a real need for them to do the task. This could be because it's important for an assignment or test, or because they might see the value in improving their writing skills or learning how to manage their time better. However, many students feel that way about most tasks and so never get around to them.
In addition to being one of the main factors leading to poor academic performance, procrastination is also very common among high school students. In fact, research has shown that almost all college students delay some aspect of their work. For example, studies have found that nearly all undergraduates delay doing homework until the last minute. About half report that they sleep with their phones by their bed for fear of waking up with something urgent to do.
Procrastination is frequently caused by distraction, poor time management, laziness, success pressure, or having too many responsibilities. These influences can inspire students to prioritize other elements of their life, put off work, or even skip tasks entirely.
The most common reasons that teenagers give for delaying assignments are that they want to enjoy themselves (i.e., stay up late, go out partying) or because they feel overwhelmed by the number of things they have to do in such a short period of time. Other factors include feeling unprepared, wanting to avoid failure, and needing time to think about what to do.
About half of all high school students report that they often or always delay doing assignments because they worry about how they will be rated on them. Others say they delay assignments because they believe that they will be able to do better later, without putting anything off. Still others claim that they don't feel like working on assignments that are due soon.
Some students say they delay assignments so that they have more time to complete them. They may want to explore different study strategies or try something new before class starts back up again. Some students also explain that they procrastinate because they find it difficult to start something and not finish it.
Finally, some students say they delay assignments so that they have more time to do them well.
Procrastination among students is caused by a variety of factors, including:
Students frequently delay because they don't see how a project is relevant or significant to them, they don't comprehend the topic, or they just don't know where to begin. When it comes down to it, procrastination is a mix of challenges with motivation, confidence, and comprehension. Students may also delay work because they do not want to spend their time on something that will not benefit them in the future. Finally, they may wait until the last minute to start work because they do not want to worry about distractions during study periods.
Why does this matter? Because without action there can be no progress. Without progress there can be no achievement. Without achievement there can be no reward. And without a reward there can be no motivation. This is an endless cycle that has no end unless you choose to stop working on yourself.
So, the next time you find yourself delaying homework or projects at school, think about the reasons why you do this. Are you waiting because you don't understand the material? Because you don't believe you can accomplish your goals? Because you don't want to waste your time? Then take action! Set small, measurable goals (such as reading one chapter per day or completing one assignment before a break) and watch what happens!
The more you practice self-control the easier it will become. With every success you gain momentum and become more confident which helps you achieve even greater things.