This I Believe

Jackson - Seattle, Washington
Entered on January 18, 2007
Age Group: Under 18

The Art of Procrastination

In the past few years I have gotten into the habit of putting all of my tasks off until the last minute. That is what you call procrastination, and it is what I believe in. Everyone has there own idea about procrastination and personally it makes me feel a lot better. This is the way that I go about my life, which isn’t necessarily a good thing but I haven’t made any major mistakes yet so I might as well keep doing it.

My ideal day for procrastination is on a Thursday or Sunday when at least four assignments are due the next day. Most people say that I’ll never be able to get anything done if I continue to procrastinate, but the thing is, no matter how much I stall I’ll always find a way to get it done. Some days I will actually wait until 9:30 to do all of my homework and then wake up at 6:30 to get the rest of it done.

Waiting until the last minute has been a technique used by many for hundreds of years, I’m sure Thomas Jefferson procrastinated a little when he wrote the declaration of independence. That goes for honest Abe as well, he couldn’t have written the Gettysburg address in its entirety with out some delay. The fact of the matter is it doesn’t matter how long it takes to get your homework done, your chores, or even to walk the dog as long as you get it done and on time.

There are many reasons for my continuous procrastination of Homework and chores all of which actually help me when I do my homework later. Everyday after school I come home thinking that I will do my homework right away but then when I get to the point where I actually might do some work I tell myself “I’ll do it later”. When I delay all of my work it allows me to reflect on what I’m about to do and gets my mind set for what lies ahead. Also, in the time I spend Delaying work I can do other things I’ve been meaning to get done. The art of procrastination, hated by many studied by few.