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‘I’ll do it tomorrow’

Victoria Thomas
Posted 8/2/17

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series of columns written by incoming Cleveland High School freshmen

Procrastination can be a very powerful thing. Not only does your chest seemingly fill …

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‘I’ll do it tomorrow’

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Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series of columns written by incoming Cleveland High School freshmen

Procrastination can be a very powerful thing. Not only does your chest seemingly fill with guilt, back break under pressure, and whole body become paralyzed, but it's addicting. It becomes some sort of drug. At first, you have a bit of relief, but then after using too much, it ultimately destroys you, all while your task at hand is looming right over your head, just out of reach.

As a student, I have frequent run-ins with procrastination. Whether it's an essay, PowerPoint, project, or a simple homework assignment, I always feel procrastination crawling on my back and whispering sweet nothings in my ear. I usually submit to these urges, but I do my best to not go over the line. I try to always get my work in on time, but that's not the case with everyone.

People tend to misuse this temporary painkiller that we call procrastination. Facing your fears, responsibilities and confrontation can be menacing, and usually this is where procrastination comes into play. People feel burdens lifting off their shoulders that haven't been lifted. This feeling can send you into a downward spiral of false security. Then, we can get lured into the trap of taking one too many doses of procrastination. Symptoms such as forgetfulness, laziness, sheer disregard, and crippling dread will ensue soon after.

Once you take a step back and look at the bigger picture, hopefully you’ll see the damage you're causing yourself. What you do with that information is up to you. I can't make the decision for you. All I can do is hope for the best and that you pounce on your opportunities in life. Whenever you say that you'll do it tomorrow, do it today. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, so use every second of every day to make yourself and those around you better.

(Victoria Thomas is a freshman at Cleveland High.)

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