“You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.” — Benjamin Franklin
This powerful quote from Benjamin Franklin is enough to define the power of time and explain that the time lost is the biggest loss. Procrastination is condemned in general, for everyone. But, if you are preparing for a serious competitive examination such as IIT-JEE, NEET, AIPMT, CA or IAS etc. then it is time for you to cut all the cords from this sticky ailment.
If you are delaying anything, just because you are too afraid to do it or not prepared to do it, then chances are it’s not going to end well for you.
Deciding to appear in a national or state level competitive exam is really a big decision. However, taking the decision is just not enough. You need to be aware of all the challenges you are going to face. And, at the same time, you need to be prepared to take them all down, one by one.
Lack of discipline, negative thoughts, and lack of motivation, distractions, and procrastinations are some of the key evils, which will trouble you on your way to success. In order to accomplish your goal of cracking the competition code, you need to stay focused, break the patterns of negative thoughts and fight hard against procrastination. To do that, you first need to understand the term in detail:
What is procrastination?
It is the tendency to delay things, shift them to tomorrow and temporarily running away from things. For the students appearing in competitive exams, the most common reasons for showing such delay patterns include:
- Phobia of difficult topics
- Frequent, non-productive distractions
- Lack of motivation
- Lack of right guidance
- Misconception that there is a lot of time available to do the pending work
There may be many more reasons other than the ones mentioned above. In all the cases listed above, students are very likely to develop the habit of
shifting today’s work to tomorrow. This is a psychological impact, where they temporarily get rid of the task. It offers temporary comfort and relaxation. However, the entire work keeps getting piled up on their head and when the big day is closer, they cannot stop panicking.
There is a very famous story about procrastination. Once upon a time, there was a dove bird, which lived in a tree, on a farm with her two kids. One day, the mother dove was away and her kids heard the farmer talking about removing their nest on Sunday. They were scared and narrated the entire story to their mother dove as she arrived in the evening. She assured her children that there was nothing to be worried about.
Days passed by, the farmer often talked of removing the nest on Sundays but never did. Dove and her kids continued staying there. One fine day, the farmer picked up a cleaning tool and said to him, “It has been too many days I am clearing the nest right now.” The dove bird immediately instructed her kids to fly away with her. They flew. Dove kids asked their mother that how was she sure about farmer cleaning the nest?
Dove bird said, “Every time the farmer said on Sunday, I knew he was procrastinating and was not going to do it. Today he picked up his tools to remove the nest right now, which means he was going to do it.”
One should always remember that success is not achieved by just planning. The last minute rush is never the key to unlocking the most difficult examinations. Success is a planned and persistent effort. People, who procrastinate, themselves push their success away, knowingly or unknowingly.