Why do people procrastinate? I think people procrastinate because they’re afraid of failing at the tasks that they need to complete. They may have a bigger fear of failure, which makes them more likely to procrastinate. I rarely procrastinate because MY FEAR OF FAILURE is so big I make sure I get everyone done in time. Of course I married a constant procrastinator who helped me make a baby procrastinator. While both children will procrastinate, my 15 year old is really struggling with it in high school.
My teenager is exceptionally bright, intelligent and has a high IQ. She works hard on every subject and spends a lot of time making sure she is doing everything correctly. However, if anything in her schedule changes, she tends to panic and shut down. Recently she went from an A+ to a 41 in her AP HISTORY course because FIRST Robotics meetings had begun. She has an A average in all of other other classes except Biology which is holding steady to a B. So, she’s an apt student although she gets sidetracked and then is not sure how to get out of it.
Luckily, because it is the COVID pandemic – her teachers have been very understanding about the psychological and emotional stress all the students are under. While on Spring Break she has the opportunity to catch up in History. The two week break is over Sunday night and she is STILL NOT FINISHED. It is not because she has too much work, it is because she is procrastinating. This TED talk describes her perfectly:
She gets it honest from her father but I just don’t know what to do to help her sometimes and it is frustrating. I know that engineers, bankers, artists, photographers, students and many other people procrastinate. I know that functional people procrastinate and still are successful. However, seeing her so stressed hurts my heart. I am hoping she will grow out of it but I have a deep sinking feeling this may be a personality trait that she has. Maybe she is only suffering from the short term procrastination and not the long term procrastination because she does get things done. Maybe Tim is right that we are all procrastinators and some just do it more than others. Speaking of which, I need to mop my floors. I’ll get it done. . .maybe later.