Ashley K. Santana, Staff Writer

Procrastination is something that we all do probably on a daily basis…this consists of unnecessarily postponing or delaying decisions or actions.

Procrastination is a common problem, which chronically affects around 20% of adults and 50% of college students, and about 30% of high school students which can lead to issues such as poor performance, missed opportunities, and increased stress.

There are a few reasons why people do this which are: forgetting to do something , distractions, being overwhelmed, a lack of urgency and a lack of clarity. All of these are valid reasons to procrastinate, but you should be aware that it will hurt you in the future.

Procrastination can have a negative effect on students’ schoolwork, grades, and even their overall health. Students who procrastinate experience higher levels of frustration, guilt, stress, and anxiety,and in some cases, it can lead to serious issues like low self-esteem and depression.

Most of us teenagers get overwhelmed by school and work from school. Some people say that school is a place where you get mentally drained and that is not completely a lie. This is a serious thing that is going through a lot of minds right now and that’s why people procrastinate: to get things out of their way, but that causes them more anxiety at the end of the day.

Lack of motivation is among the greatest causes of procrastination. At times, the reason we choose to do something else or do nothing at all instead of studying is because we lack interest in it. It is therefore important to revive this interest. Over time, chronic procrastination has not only productivity costs, but measurably destructive effects on our mental and physical health, including chronic stress, general psychological distress and low life satisfaction, symptoms of depression and anxiety, poor health behaviors, chronic illness and even hypertension.

Some things you could do to help you avoid or control it are: Get Organized. You are more likely to procrastinate if you don’t have a set plan or idea for completing your work…Eliminate distractions, prioritize, set goals, set deadlines, take a break, reward yourself and hold yourself accountable.