Emmanuel Orji Written by Emmanuel Orji · 1 min read >


Procrastination is the act of willfully and needlessly delaying or postponing something, even while one is aware that doing so will have bad effects.

Although they are fundamentally distinct, laziness and procrastination are sometimes confused. By actively choosing to put off a task that you know you should be completing, you are engaging in procrastination. Laziness, on the other hand, denotes passivity, inaction, and a refusal to take action.

Tim Urban in the video, ‘Inside the mind of a master Procrastinator’ explains that the mind of a master procrastinator as being slightly different from someone who isn’t. He stated that someone who actively refuses to take action tends to use other activities to occupy the time they should have used to achieve their tasks. They are engaged in activities that are all about fun and play and end up waiting till deadlines and then switch on the panic mode. Procrastinators end up completing a task that was scheduled for weeks or even months just before the deadline even when they are aware that doing so will have bad effects.

The negative implications of using this strategy includes but not limited to;

  • Poorly done work
  • Failure to be meticulous
  • Missing deadlines
  • Lack of important information
  • Being worn out or exhausted
  • Lack of excellence;

Amongst others.

Procrastination is undesirable. Not only is it a waste of time, but it may also be discouraging and irritating, making you doubt your own intelligence.

The good news is that procrastination is something you can manage. Here are a few advices:

1. Keep your attention on finishing tasks rather than becoming too accustomed to the thought of putting things off.

2. Try giving yourself tiny deadlines; this will make you feel responsible for your actions and encourage you to do activities right away rather than later or never at all.

3. Locate others who are dealing with comparable difficulties (such as college students) so you may sympathize and share suggestions on how to handle them successfully.

Intelligent control of one’s life entails doing what needs to be done at the right time, even at the expense of temporary gratification. Intelligent control of one’s life actually recommends delayed gratification to do what is important. There will always be time for leisure and in Tim Urban’s words, he calls it earned leisure.

I believe that we should intelligently be in control of our lives. Making the right decisions helps us to live happier and fulfilling lives. It is therefore important we schedule our activities properly, sacrifice temporary pleasure in other to achieve our goals and not deliberately waiting on deadlines.

Taking ownership of yourself and every aspect of your life is the key to intelligent life control. Setting important personal objectives entails connecting with your beliefs and vision. When you take charge, you become more successful and upbeat.

In this way, we become more capable, productive, effective and efficient managers who meets up with deadlines and achieves more


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