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Procrastination Paper

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Procrastination Paper

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Paper I wrote for my Dual English Class, 2015, La Vergne High School, Mrs. Vietkunas-Willis. It's about procrastination.
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Date Created: 02/28/16
Patterson 1 De’ja Patterson Mrs. Vaitekunas­Willis English 1010 19 October 2014 What Allows Procrastination to Be At Its Finest?      When the “P” word is uttered in a high school classroom, there is instantly an uproar of  laughter and finger­pointing; however, in a college setting, it reflects a message to those around  you that you are unwilling or unable to do the necessary assignments. Those who do not do their  assignments are viewed as unintelligent, witless beings that only came for the party and the  reserved rights to say they went to college. But, what if the attitudes they portray are not  completely their own fault? Is there some sort of possibility that, somehow, not everyone knows  the complete manual of their current lives, as in events occurring within their minds and bodies?  Twenty percent of people openly admit that they are chronic procrastinators, yet studies showing the reason for procrastination are less popular in the media. The subject’s parents could have a  style of their own called authoritarian that would never permit their child to make their own  decisions, which connects to another variable in the case deemed self­reliance, or the ability to  make decisions on one’s account. Using the same branch of self­reliance, prioritizing can have  roots from the seeds of rebellion that place one’s own wants above one’s much desired needs that lead to five hours of Call of Duty instead of two papers edited a week before the due date.  Patterson 2     Although some might agree with the idea that procrastination can hardly be blamed on the  parenting, a study conducted by Esther Rothblum in the 1980s shows that “numerous other  possible reasons for procrastination are evaluation anxiety, difficulty in making decisions,  rebellion against control…and overly perfectionist standards about competency. Authoritarian  parenting styles will have nothing less than what they want when they say it, no matter how it is  stated. This is the basis for the reasons procrastination occurs in the first place in most cases. If a  mother wants dishes done before eight o’clock with the stern downward look of matriarchal  dominance, then that child better have them done by eight o’clock. Suddenly, a game request  pops up on a phone or Facebook page, and the child is completely hypnotized by those  fascinating dragon­slaying graphics. The armor is colorful and the weapons enchanted with  spells found on a Wikipedia page, formulated just for these hardcore players, are utilized in full  during active gameplay. Before they know it, the battery dies. The time read on the lock screen is seven forty two. A voice booms up the stairwell, and that child is downstairs and frantically  scrubbing the dried melted cheese from the lasagna that night faster than he or she learned the  best combo moves to defeat the first five boss levels. In the child’s eyes, it was just a small dose  of entertainment when it was really a subliminal act of opposing. Kids under an authoritarian  household are not often without the things they want, but without the freedom to do the things  that they want to do. If he wants to go out with friends to the game, he cannot just walk out the  front door after snatching the keys to mother’s car off her dresser. He has to have permission.  She cannot just buy a fifty dollar pair of jeans with her debit card that her father funds. Even if  the card is her property legally, who put the money on there? The environment of a kid like this  Patterson 3 may be ideal material wise, but it is a mental jail when the decisions you make are not your own.  This brings me to my next element.       There are very few things in this world that are born knowing automatically what they are  and what it is they do. For the most part, mammals and birds are excluded from this evolutionary standpoint; therefore, everything that these two species know have been taught one way or  another. Humans are not excluded. Our parents are supposed to be our own personal data base,  full of experience, advice, and memories. In an authoritative household, though, parents may not  tell you all that you need to know, therefore, you will end up being thrown out into the world not  knowing what is considered basic in the adult world. Self­motivation, self­respect, self­reliance;  no matter how this word is broken apart, self­regulation will always be an important part in  society. Academically speaking, self­reliance is a rare thing with all of these required tests and  surveys coming from the school board and the simple short­cut way of cheating being so  accessible. In life self­reliance requires sacrifice to one's own wants for one's needs. Being  accountable for all of your mistakes is a very scary thing, which is the basis of procrastination:  fear of failure. Most think that fear was left behind when they flew the coop. No, that was just  the very beginning. College classrooms are overwhelming, and the fact of the matter is the  majority of your grades rest on the papers assigned to you from day one. Procrastinators of this  sort are called "avoiders" by Dr. Joseph Ferrari of De Paul University of Chicago: they refuse to  take on a challenge out of disappointment from different sources directed towards them and them alone. “They are very concerned with what others think of them…they would rather have others  think they lack effort than ability,” he states in an article written by Hara Estroff Marano. In  short, and even though this is obvious, procrastination is more self­harming because the  Patterson 4 consequences of not doing something mainly affects the person not doing them, even though that it was intended to do the complete opposite.        In addition to this unhealthy habit is the many ways that "slacking off" can be performed.  Distractions come in the billions, and all of them are easy to succumb to. For example, drug  abuse and alcohol usage are pretty common in terms of addiction. Smokers that use their breaks  for cigarettes instead of eating is the innocent way compared to a corporate worker with the  constant need for coffee spiked with a half a cup of cream, and even more innocent comparted to a hard drug addict with a small child in need of lunch money. Social media encourages those  with accounts to take time out of their busy day to write about it even if it is not near time for  their work shift to be over. Online gamers get consumed by their fantasy worlds and the alluring  notion of creating a whole new person to present to those who have probably done the same, and  making up a whole new persona takes a lifetime plus some. More practical ways, like sleeping,  are just part of the branches of delayed actions. All of these have another thing in common:  negative effects on health. A study mentioned in Marano’s article states that “procrastinating  college students had such evidence of compromised immune systems as more colds and flu,  more gastrointestinal problems. And they had insomnia.” It is obvious these students had issues  knowing their priorities: eating or finishing a dissertation due in three hours.  These lead to  devastating results of both the mind and body that was not intended to develop in this process.       In conclusion, procrastination leads to more problems rather than avoiding the ones that you  already have. Parenting has a direct effect on the attitude of the child, especially outside of the  home in matters that do not even concern them. Self­regulation is the largest of the three that can Patterson 5 have the worst effect on a person’s progress and morale. Prioritizing is how procrastination  begins, and it can at any time. Out of the increasing list of causes, these three are the most  detrimental and calculatedly strung together causes assisting the “P” word to be at its finest.        Works Cited Adney, Ida. "Community College Success: 10 Ways to Stop Procrastination Today (NOT  Tomorrow) ;)." Web log post. Community College Success: 10 Ways to Stop Procrastination  Today (NOT Tomorrow) ;). N.p., 16 May 2011. Web. 19 Oct. 2014. Weinstein, Anna. "Why Kids Procrastinate and How to Help." N.p., 5 Mar.  2009. Web. 19 Oct. 2014. Marano, Hara E. "Procrastination: Ten Things To Know." Psychology Today: Health, Help,  Happiness + Find a Therapist. N.p., 23 Aug. 2003. Web. 19 Oct. 2014. “6 Reasons on Why Are You Procrastinating." Lifehack RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Oct. 2014. Pychyl, Timothy A., Dr. "Parenting Style and Procrastination." Psychology Today: Health, Help, Happiness + Find a Therapist. N.p., 21 Mar. 2009. Web. 19 Oct. 2014.


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