Do you know what procrastination is? Imagine the following situation: You decide to complete your assignments right at the beginning of the lecture-free period, but instead you postpone actually getting down to writing for weeks on end. Instead, your kitchen shines like new, your posts on Facebook have gone up by 80% and you're best informed about current world events (because you spend so much time surfing). How does this situation make you feel? Does it allow you to enjoy your leasure time to the full or is guilt gnawing away at your conscience?
Postponing work is nothing unusual – people do it in the firm belief that they will have more resources in terms of time, energy, inspiration, and quiet the following day. If postponing is accompanied by an uncomfortable feeling or a bad conscience, then you are procrastinating. Students often complain about their own academic procrastination. In some cases, procrastination leads to students dropping out of their courses altogether or seemingly studying for ever. Research shows that procrastination often comes down to problems in self-management. But first, the good news: self-management can be learnt!