A. What do SpongeBob Squarepants, Joey Tribiani, my old theatre teacher, students, and many parents have in common? No, it’s not that they all have Golgi bodies and retinas. I’ll give you a hint. They put off for tomorrow what could be done today… get my drift? Right about now, Joey is late for an audition, SpongeBob is late for work, students are writing papers due in 30 minutes, my theatre teacher is putting off casting people for his next show, and parents are putting off their morning meetings until the afternoon.
B. So what causes all this chaos? Just five syllables: Procrastination. From the, “I’ll do it later” excuse up to the, “Why didn’t I do this sooner!?” stress, procrastination is slowly ruining lives. We have all procrastinated in our lifetime, whether it be delaying to take the dog out or finishing a major school project the night before it’s due.
C. This issue is becoming a bad habit and Ted Fishman from USA Today states that, “Procrastination is now a topic right up there with race, class, and the salaries of university presidents.”
D. Being a chronic procrastinator myself at times, I too have dealt with the stress of procrastination.
E. Today I will hopefully persuade you to avoid procrastination in the future.
F. First, I will describe the problem with procrastination. Second, I will tell you some of the causes of procrastinating. And third, I will describe some solutions to avoid being that chronic procrastinator.
Transition Sentence: So what’s the big deal about procrastinating?
II. One of the biggest problems with procrastinating is the stress that comes along with it.
1. According to dictionary.com, the definition of procrastination is, “to defer action; delay; to put off till another day or time.”
a. When we procrastinate, we put off work that needs to be done until we have no more time to do it. Often referred to as “crunch time.” This adds a lot of unnecessary stress.
b. According to “The Chronicle,”...