Ranch Reflections are articles written by LRHS students and staff who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for Mustangs to branch out beyond traditional news stories.  This edition features one student’s thoughts on procrastination.

Conall Fisher– Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- People procrastinate for many reasons, but often it comes down to an in the moment decision: Why do this now when I can do it later?

As time goes on, more and more work piles up with less time to do it. The next thing you know, the deadline is tomorrow, and no work has been done.

So why do we procrastinate? Does it come down to plain laziness?

University of Sheffield professor Dr. Fuschia Sirios said, “We will be able to successfully manage the negative moods associated with a challenging or boring task that the present self cannot currently handle.”

One self-admitted LRHS procrastinator said, “Sometimes I just don’t want to do work. When I get home after a whole day of school and see two pages of algebra homework, I’m like nah.”  

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Some procrastinators, myself included, feel the rush of a fast-approaching deadline is unlike any other experience. If you are able to cram everything in at the last minute, it seems you get to enjoy doing more enjoyable activities.

So how to address the issue? Well, if I knew I probably would not be writing this. When faced with the decision to do a task in the moment or doing it later, it is up to everyone to make the right decisions.

 There is no instant fix for procrastination, but steps can be taken to relieve the burden. Creating goals and setting deadlines for yourself is the first step towards a solution.

Even though there are many disadvantages to procrastinating, the procrastinating community will continue to procrastinate…just as I procrastinated writing this story.