Organization Procrastination

StorageMart ScholarSmarts Scholarship essay by Gabriel :

True story: students procrastinate…a lot. In day to day life, not just school, many people succumb to procrastination. Along with the typical reasons of being too busy or tired, there are other factors to consider that lead to putting of what needs to be done. Once a student is immersed in the environment of higher education, a whole new world is opened up to them. There is so much going on at this stage of learning that sometimes it can be overwhelming to the point of collapse. So it’s only natural to take a different approach to dealing with adversity. Students’ academic achievements will lose out to their more prestigious endeavors: partying.

To be fair, factors like personality traits, self-consciousness, identity, anxiety all contribute to the likelihood of success. It is impossible to label each individual, due to a wide range of reasons. Each student will have different levels of motivation and fears of failing. This is where things like time management, organizational skills and prioritizing come into play. I understand for the need to be involved and to experience a campus setting but some decisions should be weighed better. Example: “Should I drink these ten beers then go to Taco Bell at 2:00 a.m. or study for this exam that I have tomorrow?”

Luckily, I don’t have to worry about these problems. Being a married man of 31 years old, my obstacles come from things like working full time and coaching, preparing dinner and lunches or doing yard work. Having a wonderful wife is a big advantage in getting through my schooling and paying the bills. So instead of the normal “youngster” college experience, I am living the “old man” experience. Going back to school and being at least ten years older than most of the students, is an obstacle in itself.

Over the years, the things I have heard come from the mouths of typical college students are a shining example of today’s education: “Like, I will, like totally fail this class” and “OMG, that beer pong game was like, so epic.” Don’t get me wrong, I like to have fun to, just not at the expense of squandering away the money spent on education. I also don’t mean to bash the typical college student. I realize there are many fine young minds out there and I have had the pleasure of working with them in some classes. Not every student is out for work avoidance and doing as little as possible.

As far as my experience goes, in life and school, having less clutter leads to better productivity. My wife and I find that when we are in serious work mode, we will clean and organize our home and work space. Then the productiveness just flows better. When your study area is organized and free of distractions, it is much easier for your mind to concentrate on the task at hand. I am also fortunate enough to be able to have time at work to do homework and when my desk gets overwhelmed with papers or books it kind of bogs down my studying. Then I remove the clutter, file papers, and complete the projects at hand. But just like a student, I admittedly procrastinate. With the proper planning and de-cluttering I am able to produce and keep on keeping on with education…and life.