How come some of us procastinate?

@ratyz5 (7829)
Philippines
January 29, 2008 10:59pm CST
I am no exemption to this habit that seems to puzzle me. Before, whenever I was given a project at school, I ws so eager to finish one so I could pass it as soon as possible. I wasn't after the grade or get it over it to tackle another new obligation. I simply just had the motivation. Lately, in college, I'm so messed up. We would be given projects and ample time to finish or even furnish our outputs but, oddly as it seems, I would get motivated, or rather "pressured", to start things up a few days before the dead-line. I don't know why inspiration or motivation doesn't come up until the 11th hour as they say.. Does any of you experience or experienced this as well? How were you able to handle it? Thank you.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
22 Aug 08
Hi.. As you know I am a procrastinator or a crammer myself. Ive been like this all my life. When I was a kid, I love to play and so play would always come first before the work. Unfortunately, this mindset has been sort of 'engraved' into me after all these years. During elementary and high school, cramming would seem to be the only option. I can say this because the school's standards are higher than average and they tend to equate high standards to high amounts of homework, schoolwork, and extra curricular work. So most deadlines would just overlap but those are rare and are preferred actually because at least there would be time to do both work. But what usually happens is that when work is given, they expect it to be done the next day or the next meeting. In college, the habit just carried over from high school so I just tend to relax first and then 'panic' later. Though, through the years of experience in cramming, its usually when most of my best work comes out. Historically speaking, to answer your question I think the procrastination attitude especially in our country comes from the Spanish colonizers, through the introduction of "maniana habit". Sad thing is that up to now most of us cant break it.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
22 Aug 08
Its always too difficult to kick a habit, especially when it has been honed through years of constant practice.. as if we breath it.. (^0^ ) Blaming the colonizers, huh? Siestas well, all work and just work would make us filipinos filipinos (^0^ )
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
23 Aug 08
not really blaming but it is the root cause of the habits..
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
24 Aug 08
Only the well off were able to do those things during those times since slavery was discreetly practiced as social discrimination was prominent. So, as long as others can still think that they are well off, even though they aren't, the would practice such habits.. depends on every person after all..
@AICIRT81 (847)
• United States
30 Jan 08
In college, especially senoir year, I was feeling burnt out. I just wanted to be done already. I was a procrastinator and wish I had good advise how not to be one. I muttled my way threw it.
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
30 Jan 08
Muttled? Since you seem to state that your already done with college, do you still procastinate now? Thanks for the reply by the way ^_^
@AICIRT81 (847)
• United States
31 Jan 08
Yes, Unfortuately I am a procrastinator. And yes I graduated in 2003.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
31 Jan 08
I know admitting that I too am a procastinator won't alleviate anything.. Well, I guess our fortune hasn't struck our doors yet ^_^;
@Refugee (85)
31 Aug 08
Even though i haven't gone to college at present,i also have the same experience. when i was at school,i like doing the project.while,at present,i often feel that the project is boring.in my opinion,the reason is that you need relax.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
31 Aug 08
Indeed, relaxing is so important for everyone, such a shame that it can also be labeled as procrastination if your relaxing while there are still pending matters to attend to.. (~_~") Thank you for sharing (^_^ )
@magojordan (3254)
• Philippines
29 Aug 08
Well there are times that I do and times that I don't. It really depends on how I feel and if I'm in the mood. Like now my desk is such a mess because we are arranging stuff because we are moving out of office. Well sometimes even though how motivated I am, I just can;t start if things are really out of place and disorganized.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
29 Aug 08
I get what you mean.. sometimes, I get motivated to tidy up things and sometimes, I really don't like to lift a finger about anything that needs my attention. I feel more accomplished finishing something trivial then getting over hurdles of responsibilities, like, 'good thing that's over..' would be my take on them.. Thank you for your response! (^_^ )