EDITORIAL: We all eventually succumb to procrastination

Procrastination.

We are all guilty of it—some way or another. The idea that you will be able to complete a task or assignment later that day, later that week or later that month is something that becomes extremely toxic.

As the new school year at Waynesburg begins, it behooves all of us to get off to a great start in our classes, extracurriculars, jobs and personal lives. The first few weeks are always the easiest of the year.

We coast through syllabus week, maybe have a couple smaller assignments to do, but typically nothing too major. Do not get complacent because of the slow start. As we sit here most of the way through the third week of school, things are already beginning to pile up.

Tests are rapidly approaching. Speeches are coming up shortly. Projects and papers are being assigned. It is way too easy to brush off a lot of these things and think “oh, I will get around to it eventually.” Once that starts to settle into your brain, you get into trouble. Big trouble.

All things seem to be due on the same night or during the same week, and it becomes really difficult to catch up and get everything done in a timely and appropriate fashion.

Work starts to suffer, you may not put your best effort into your assignments or studying and your grades will begin to reflect that. Falling into a hole this early in the semester is very tough to bounce back from. Tests get more difficult and cover more material as the semester trudges along. Your professors begin to demand more and now you have to work even harder and spend much more time on things to get a decent grade. Expectations go up.

The stress will build up and can really get to you. Staying up way too late to finish assignments and studying will impact you negatively over the course of the semester. Making sure that you are utilizing free time effectively during day the is essential.

If you have a few hours in the middle of the day to get a head start on the paper due next week, do it. Study in the days leading up to a test, not just the night before. More sticks in your brain if you’ve seen it multiple times, rather than cramming last second. Don’t break out the Xbox and PlayStation until you have a head start on work that needs to get done. There is always time for that once more important things are finished.

Don’t take that nap. We all love naps, don’t get that mixed up, but if you are planning everything well and making the most of your time, you theoretically will be getting enough sleep that you won’t be exhausted by 2 p.m. every day. Be productive.

It might not be the most enjoyable thing in the world to do your work well before it’s due, or at least start it in advance, but trust me, you will not regret it. You will regret staying up until 3 a.m. doing homework. You will regret the poor test grades and lower GPA.

Do not fall into the procrastination trap. Do your work early and with full intent and effort. Be the best student you can possibly be to start this new school year, those habits will carry with you as the semester dwindles down and your college career continues advancing forward.