No Pros to Procrastination

Dear Teen Procrastinators,

You’re not alone. You’ve probably come to this website because you’ve realized that you suffer from a common problem: excessive procrastination. Maybe you’re even procrastinating at this very moment. It’s quite possible that you have a book report to write, a poster to make, or a math assignment to complete. My best advice to you is to go ahead and finish that right now. As a recovering procrastinator, I’ve learned (and I am still learning) that the only thing that procrastinating can do for you is slow you down. Believe it or not, pushing things off until the last minute and then using that rush of adrenaline to accomplish things at record speed does not save you time.

Although procrastination in our generation is so common that it can almost be termed an “epidemic”, do not use its prevalence as an excuse to avoid “procrastination rehab”. There are some people who do not naturally suffer from procrastination, while the rest are just like us: we struggle to find the motivation to begin working on things when we feel like we clearly have more time. When there’s “more time” to complete tasks, there are opportunities to do other, more enjoyable activities. How much harm can be done by just quickly picking up your phone to check those notifications? What about scrolling through your Instagram feed? Viewing all of your friends’ Snapchat stories? Starting a conversation in your group chat? No harm at all, right?

Think again. Procrastination can be addictive, and abusing technology and social media can be some of the biggest factors that feed the addiction. Thankfully, controlling your technology usage can be accomplished with some effort and determination. When there’s a will, there’s a way…and you can start eliminating your procrastinating tendencies today!

Teens Against Procrastination is a non-profit organization that was created by teens, for teens. Follow our 8-step plan to learn how to control your procrastination, instead of letting your procrastination control you:

  1. Accept that you are a procrastinator if you show these signs.
  2. Understand all of the consequences of procrastination.
  3. Read up on the factors that feed procrastination.
  4. Become a member of our site and post to forums.
  5. Participate in our goal of the week challenge.
  6. Join our daily texting service to receive reminders, or visit our daily reminder page to stop procrastinating.
  7. Keep track of your cell phone usage, maintain an online usage log, and view an overall weekly usage report that all users can comment on.
  8. Maintain your motivation through support groups to prevent relapsing back to old habits.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to contact us or take our website survey. I truly believe that by working together and helping each other, we can eradicate procrastination!

Best wishes,

Tiffany Liu

Teen Procrastinator and Founder of Teens Against Procrastination