El Camino College Torrance | 2017-2018 Student Handbook - page 30

Hard work often pays off after time but laziness always pays off now
Author Unknown
Procrastination, the habit of putting tasks off to the last possible minute, can be a major
problem in both your career and personal life. Missed opportunities, frenzied work hours,
stress, resentment, and guilt are just some of the symptoms. Thinking that you absolutely
“have to” do something is a major reason for procrastination. When you tell yourself that
you “have to” do something, you’re implying that you’re being forced to do it so you’ll
automatically feel a sense of resentment and rebellion. Procrastination kicks in as a defense
mechanism to keep you away from this stress. If the task you are putting off has a real
deadline, then when the deadline gets close, the sense of stress associated with the task
becomes overridden by the much greater sense of stress if you don’t get started
Day 1: Make the task meaningful
What is the task you are avoiding?
Why is the task important?
How will it help you in attaining your goal?
List all the benefits of completing the task. Relate this to your goals.
Be specific about the payoffs and rewards.
Day 2: Break Down
Break the task down into small, manageable pieces. Each piece should take 30
minutes or less to complete. List all of the pieces, then cross off each one as you
complete it. This way you will have the visual satisfaction of seeing progress.
Day 3: Intention Statement
Write a statement reflecting your intention to complete a manageable part of your
project. Post it where it will be conspicuous. Include a reward in the statement as
well, contingent upon finishing the task.
Day 4: Broadcast
Announce your intention publicly. Tell your family, friends, roommates, etc.
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