Procrastination Argumentative Essay

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They say you’re supposed to start a public speech with something shocking; a mini anecdote, a surprising fact. Well in my case it’s that I wrote this speech last night. A little ironic, I will admit considering this is a workshop on efficient study habits, but anyway… I may be getting judged or commended depending on your individual views but I know I’m in good company. I think you all will be surprised to hear that many successful people over the years were master procrastinators. Victor Hugo, a renowned French poet and author struggled with procrastination even though he wrote some of the greats in screenplay such as Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. To fight dilatoriness he had his servant strip him nude in his study and not return with his clothes until the designated hour. Although I’m not French, or a poet, we seem to use the same sort of technique to fight this mental battle. Except in place of a servant, I have a dog. And he doesn’t come back. I may have just planted an unforgettable image in your minds but it's quite alright because I have imagined the same of all of you. Now let me tell you I have a much bigger d-d-d-dog than any of you.

I believe that procrastination has, regrettably, developed a bad connotation over the years. Too often is it affiliated 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 insulted by this association for the simple reason that I am not a slacker. Those people who do procrastinate sometimes have just chosen to go about life in a different method that is more convenient for them. Rather than planning out their days, these people live in bit-by-bit, short-term situations, and this makes them happy. Some claim efficiency under pressure, others, a better product but we all gain experience.

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So do procrastinators learn from their pasts? As Pierre Trudeau put it best; “The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not worshipped; it is our future in which we will find our greatness.” Well, actually there are 2 types of people in this world, procrastinators with a positive mindset, and inexperienced ones. I, of course, do not speak for all procrastinators but I do know we have all contemplated these two thoughts; I should have and next time. I should have spread out my reading, next time I will do a chapter a day. I should have started studying sooner, next time I will. But the veteran procrastinators or shall I say, the majority of our students have adopted a positive outlook on the situations that have occurred. We respect and acknowledge an all-nighter, but unfortunately, we cannot stay awake to find greatness the next day.

If you enjoy delaying the inevitable workload piling onto your plate, I hope you delay responsibly. Procrastinating is a lifestyle. Whether you decide you enjoy the adrenaline and the crunch time nude or fully clothed, it should be respected when done properly.

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