Preventing the Perils of Procrastination

By Eric Kump
SC Staff Writer

Last Thursday’s B.A.L.A.N.C.E. workshop “Delay and You Could Pay” focused on helping students to make goals and lists to achieve success.

Kelly McKenzie, the advisor for the undeclared major, told each student to make a list of goals for the upcoming week, month, year, and the rest of their lives.

The students shared some of their goals and then McKenzie began her presentation.

Though she admits to procrastinating herself, McKenzie said that this leads to stress. Many students confessed to procrastinating in their everyday lives.

McKenzie then talked about the importance of keeping daily planners. She said to plan every day in advance.

Students should make a master list for everything, then break it down to months, weeks, and days.

After this, she explained how to decide what is most important to complete first by judging the consequences of failure to complete each task.

McKenzie then explained the law of efficiency.

The law of efficiency states that everything one has planned in one day will not be completed, but a person must be able to decide what is important so that what needs to be completed can be.

What McKenzie could not emphasize more was not to work under pressure.

She stated that research proves it is better for one to work on something over a period of time because the outcome of the work will have a greater definition of strength behind the piece itself.

McKenzie gave tips on how to avoid procrastination. She believes that the process of becoming more organized cannot happen overnight.

Just like saving money or losing weight, it has to be done a little at a time. The best way to follow these strategies is to motivate oneself and remain optimistic.

“Ninety five percent of emotions are judged by how one talks to himself or herself,” McKenzie stated. “Start everyday working on the hardest task.”

According to McKenzie, if the most difficult task is completed first, your mind will clear faster.

For more help, contact Kelly McKenzie at kmckenzie@esu.edu.

Email Eric at:
ekump@live.esu.edu

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