I am sure everybody has come across a teacher who warns you not to procrastinate on your work but forgets to do his or her work on time. Every time this happens, I cannot help but think: how hypocritical can a human being get? There is an epidemic in our school, where not only students but teachers also suffer from the deadliness of procrastination. Why is it so addicting? Why can’t students and teachers finish their work as early as possible to have time to spare?

High school sophomore Ryoichi George II Ariyoshi cannot stop procrastinating, “I don’t know why, but I keep on procrastinating. I start doing my homework the night it’s due. It’s just so tempting to prioritize what I like to do such as playing games, hanging out with friends, or going to Shibuya. I really have to stop procrastinating.” Another sophomore, Hiroki Nagasaka, claims that there are just too many teachers in our school that do not mark his work on time, ” I am getting stressed with some of my teachers. Some of my teachers spend more than two weeks grading a five-question quiz. It is just unbelievable. Once, a teacher forgot to grade one of the assignments from quarter one, and instead graded my work for quarter two. To be honest, I am disappointed with this school as a whole; this school ruined my expectations.” Mr. Craven, our Communication Technology teacher, is also struggling with procrastination, “To be honest, I procrastinate a lot. I sometimes prioritize my hobbies over grading my students’ work. I think this can frustrates my students, but I just can’t help it.” Procrastination is causing disastrous effects on not only the students but also the students’ school routine. Many do not realize that they are losing precious time and are not meeting their goals. In these ways, this school is having some trouble coping with this phenomenon.

 Although many students and teachers procrastinate on a daily basis, our high school president Ryan Shimizu claims that there are ways to avoid procrastination. “I think the best way to prevent procrastination is to write down your goals and give yourself a deadline. This is because a goal without a deadline can be put off very easily. These goals should be divided into smaller pieces because the bigger your goal, the more quickly it can send you into overwhelm. You should always break your goals into manageable steps. This doesn’t mean that you have to know all the steps that will lead you to your goal; you just need to know the next few steps that are immediately ahead. These steps will be more obvious as you move along. ”

Also, studies from (Association for Psychological Science, 2019) APS has proved that fear is a powerful emotion that can keep us in a mired situation. Nevertheless, by concentrating on what you don’t want, you can manipulate it in your own favor. Nelson Phelan, a successful senior from our school, claimed that he has a useful tip with how to use fear as a tool to overcome procrastination, “You should write down the consequence you will be facing when you don’t finish your work. As this process will re-establish your situation and your consequences, it will arouse fear which will incline you to work. Be brave and really honest with yourself about the cost of continued inaction.”

With these new strategies in mind, let’s appease this addicting habit of procrastination to the minimum in order to increase our academic potential. Let us not procrastinate to prevent procrastination. We should act now.

Charles Dickens once said, “Never do tomorrow what you can today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”


Article by Manato Maekawa