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Delay………………….

December 21, 2010

What is Delay?

Delay is putting off or avoiding doing something that must be done. It is natural to procrastinate occasionally. However, excessive delay can result in guilt feelings about not doing a task when it should be done. It can also cause anxiety since the task still needs to be done. Further, excessive delay can cause poor performance if the task is completed without sufficient time to do it well. In short, excessive delay can interfere with school and personal success.

Why Do Persons Procrastinate?

There are many reasons why persons procrastinate. Here are the most common reasons:

1. Perfectionism. A person’s standard of performance may be so high for a task that it does not seem possible to meet that standard.

2. Fear of Failure. A person may lack confidence and fear that he/she will be unable to accomplish a task successfully.

3. Confusion. A person may be unsure about how to start a task or how it should be completed.

4. Task Difficulty. A person may lack the skills and abilities needed to accomplish a task.

5. Poor Motivation. A person may have little or no interest in completing a task because he/she finds the task boring or lacking in relevance.

6. Difficulty Concentrating. A person may have too many things around that distract him/her from doing a task.

7. Task Unpleasantness. A person may dislike doing what a task requires.

8. Lack of Priorities. A person may have little or no sense about which tasks are most important to do.

a) . I often find myself thinking that if I ignore a task, it will go away.

b). I often cannot decide which of a number of tasks I should complete first.

c). I often find my mind wandering to things other that the task on which I am trying to work.

d). Break large tasks into small manageable parts.

e). Work on tasks as part of a study group.

f). Get help from teachers and other persons when you find a task difficult.

g). Make a schedule of the tasks you have to do and stick to it.

h). Eliminate distractions that interfere with working on tasks.

i). Set reasonable standards that you can meet for a task.

j). Take breaks when working on a task so that you do not wear down.

k). Work on difficult and/or unpleasant tasks first.

l). Work on a task you find easier after you complete a difficult task.

n). Find a good place to work on tasks.

Above all, think positively and get going. Once you are into a task, you will probably find that it is more interesting than you thought it would be and not as difficult as you feared. You will feel increasingly relieved as you work toward its accomplishment and will come to look forward to the feeling of satisfaction you will experience when you have completed the task.

ABHIRAM S NAIR

VII B

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