This evening I would like to talk you about procrastination. However, I put off writing this speech for so long that I did not get around to actually determining what to tell you about procrastination.
Okay...I am just kidding. I only procrastinated until Saturday, and that was only because I wanted to put off grading some essays written by my Senior Composition class.
As you may already know, procrastination is one of the easiest ways to not finish your work. One definition of procrastination states that this is an act putting off doing something, usually out of a habit of carelessness or laziness. Ouch. I prefer the notion that procrastination is simply putting something off.
After a few moments of pondering the concept of procrastination, I came up with several questions. First, where did procrastination come from? Second, what are the most common causes of procrastination? Third, why is procrastination really such a problem? And of course, how can a person end his or her own tendency to procrastinate. Without further ado, or further putting off, I will answer each of the questions.
First of all, is procrastination a recent phenomenon rooted in modern society's reliance on convenience? Or is this something that has been happening since the beginning of time? Did T-Rexes put off going hunting because they would prefer playing Halo 3 on X-Box, or is that just teenagers and lonely thirty year old gamers of today?
After much research (which included a visit to Wikipedia, the mother of all procrastination enablers), I learned that the word procrastination is actually rooted in Latin. The original form of the word "procrastinationomen", meaning "a putting of" is the noun form. The verb form, meaning "put off til tomorrow" comes from procrastinare. The roots of these words can be broken down further school. Pro means "forward", and crastinus means "belonging to tomorrow". Hence, a modern definition of procrastination could be putting off something until...