The Heavy Weight of Procrastination (Major Story)


Jasmine Guzman, Writer

Every day, we human beings live with our daily activities

and tasks. The time we prioritize specific objectives is sometimes designated to procrastination, and Westside High School students can relate to this frequently. There are more potent effects on procrastination regarding students’ academic performance and health here. It has always been an extensive concern for students that need to be examined. If anything, countless people throughout their high school years have shared their experiences of procrastination, and it is shown to downplay their life as now is the time to examine thoroughly.

Students at Westside High School will either choose to complete it or wait until the possible last minute. It is a destructive habit, but some students achieve a substantial grade which allows them to proceed with procrastination. Meanwhile, other students will procrastinate, and the grade will truthfully exhibit the time and effort accommodated before. Procrastination is derived as a coping mechanism of behavioral disengagement that makes students feel good. It mainly occurs when encountering emotions of fear, dread, and anxiety. It is generated from emotion regulation, boredom, worry, nervousness, frustration, anger, self-doubt, and beyond – a means of managing challenging emotions and negative moods generated by specific occupations.

There are significant consequences as it decreases academic performance, and there are health and physical risks that are mainly unknown. Healthy sleep is diminished as it also aids in the body’s wellness and


illness prevention for the brain and the heart. The brain cannot operate if it does not get adequate sleep, and the student’s attention span will decrease, making tasks increasingly tricky, lowering grades and effort. The academic performance has exhibited low-quality work, lack of proficiency, and time pressure. They suffer increased irritation, guilt, tension, and worry, leading to major concerns such as poor self-esteem and melancholy. Chronic procrastination may make people more prone to significant health problems, including cardiovascular disease and hypertension. It has been connected to various stress-related health concerns of headaches, digestive difficulties, colds, and flu.

Our very own student, Amani Albenali, a senior here, has provided her insight into struggling with procrastination. She explains, “Most of the time, I don’t have the energy to do the assignments since I feel unmotivated. It is simply unpleasant for me to complete it.” I asked her what effects procrastination has drawn, and she stated, “Sometimes, I have received bad grades, and it does cause me to stress out completely. I get frustrated with everything, and it doesn’t help that when I wait at the last minute, my resourceful time is wasted, which conflicts with other priorities and sleep. It’s impossible to function.”

Displacement is a type of procrastination, and its effects are contributing to academic level and the physical well-being of students. Thus, if people procrastinate on their objectives and activities from time to time, change is needed to stop squandering. The more one continues to keep putting off the most crucial activities, they are also putting off life. It is no better than a sleepwalker!