Speech on Procrastination

Picture this: you walk into school today. You aren’t wearing pants. You aren’t wearing a shirt. And you aren’t wearing shoes. And, WORST OF ALL , when you walk into your first period math class, you have to hide in the corner so you don’t get screamed at for not having your homework done ! Thank you procrastination, for your lovely work. Don’t you dare try “my dog at my homework” or “my printer wasn’t working”. C’mon we all know the truth: you gave in to the powerful force. The underlying power that will make or break your day tomorrow: PROCRASTINATION.

So, the truth guys, we all have done it, we all do it, but point is, procrastination might not be so bad. Ladies and gentlemen, despite my better judgement, I would like to begin today with a confession. I am a procrastinator. I procrastinate on almost all of my school assignments and assigned tasks in my day-to-day life. In fact, I even waited until the last minute to write this speech. I am here today, however, to convince you that this is not necessarily a negative thing. In fact, procrastination is a very common habit among students and people in general, and, for those people who do procrastinate; it often has some positive effects.

I believe that procrastination has, unfortunately, developed a bad rep. over the years. Too often is it associated with stereotypical slackers, who are too lazy to do the work before the last minute. This of course is not true and I am personally offended by this association because I am not a slacker. Those people who do procrastinate have just chosen to go about life in a different method that is more convenient for them. Rather than planning out their lives, these people live in a day-by-day, short-term situation, and this makes them happy.

As far as I’m concerned putting off things you can do today until tomorrow isn’t a bad thing. One must consider that maybe I’m just pacing myself, making sure I don’t take on too much, giving my life a chance to catch its breath. When viewed this way, it would seem that, contrary to popular belief, procrastination reduces stress. Procrastination is really the most mentally grueling task one can complete . While a non-procrastinator may sit down and type an essay in,let’s say 2 or 3 hours, the procrastinor will spend the whole weekend preparing. they’ll think about it, setting in motion the thought processes. hey’ll sit on twitter, Facebook or some kind of video game,testing their level of finger dexterity so that they could be proficient typers. they may download music,for inspiration. go for a walk,because exercise fuels the mind. maybe they’ll spend time with friends,so that they’re not disturbed by distracting texts or phone calls when they’re trying to write their essay. Then, the procrastinator will work with a super-human pace, taking far less time to complete the same tasks as the ordinary person. On a myth-busters episode,the crew decided to test if our perception of time could be altered so that more could be accomplished .

People under stressful situations, or say time limits, can work their brains harder and faster. The myth-busters created a watch which flashed a number that was ordinarily too fast to read, but when pushed from a crane the man could read the number. Similarly, the adrenaline of a looming deadline allows for superhuman thoughts. The procrastinator can create the piece of work in record time. Don’t believe me? just take the example of public speaking. For a prepared speech ,speakers get up and give an ordinary recount. It’s often boring. It’s often not very good. Too rehearsed, or not rehearsed at all.

But in short prep round, under the time pressure of three min. -participants are forced to drag out that forgotten humor or intelligence within themselves so as to avoid embarrassment. So how come these people are called lazy? Procrastinators merely make more time, prepare further and adopt superhuman powers of thought. We should aspire to be like the 20% of chronic procrastinators in the world…. you know,sometime in the future. After we finish the speeches , and go home,and take a nap , and eat diner,and watch the next episode of the voice,cause after all i am a PROCRASTINATOR.

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