Procrastinating

By Aubree Bailey
On April 27, 2018
 
 
Who here is also stressed about the end of the semester and finals? 
 
Who here also just spent half an hour finding out if Buzzfeed can guess your eye color by the house you design? If you’re like me, you are might have a tendency to procrastinate. 
 
It seems like the bigger the assignment, the more I procrastinate. Which is completely counterintuitive! 
 
However, I recently read an article about procrastination (whilst avoiding an analysis paper, see irony) that said procrastination was a symptom of fear of rejection and/or failure.
 
Yikes. 
 
Have you ever put off something, maybe not school related, because of a fear of rejection or failure? 
 
I definitely have. Whether it be telling my parents about a speeding ticket or “forgetting” to mention to my friend that I can’t make her birthday party, I’m not proud of my procrastination habit. 
 
Though it doesn’t justify putting off important tasks or responsibilities, the fact that procrastination is a coping mechanism for fear does make me feel marginally better. 
 
With this knowledge, I can at least identify why I’m putting off something, and I’ve developed a “tool,” if you will, to combat my fear of failure:
 
1. What/Who am I afraid of failing or displeasing and why?
 
2. Is this rational?
 
3. If yes, have you ever failed them before?
 
4. If yes, what did you learn from that?
 
5. How can you apply this lesson to now?
 
Typically, my internal conversation goes something like this:
 
1. I am afraid of failing Dr. Antic-Felman. Because she’s smart. And also she determines my grades, which determine my future, and I’m really not fond of Ramen and off-brand cereal so I’d like to be somewhat successful.
 
2. I mean this is kind of rational; who wants to eat Ramen forever?
 
3. Have I failed her before? I don’t know. I skipped class to get a bagel once; does that count?
 
4. I learned that Einstein’s offers avocado topping, and also that missing class meant I was behind the next class and then I got stressed out, so I took a nap, which left me more behind
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5. Don’t get behind, i.e., don’t procrastinate going to class or doing an assignment because you’ll just end up more stressed. 

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