By Thomas Maranian

How would you feel about putting your work off until tomorrow if you knew that humans lose fifty-five days procrastinating per year? Fifteen percent of our lives that could be spent getting work done is gone to waste because of a bad habit. Luckily for all of us, there is a simple fix: don’t do it!

Perhaps you have no idea how to put an end to it. Like with any other bad habit, it can be replaced with a better habit. Instead of putting your work off for later, do it now. The way you should look at it is this: you are going to do it eventually, so, why not do it now and get it out of the way. There is no time like the present. You will come to find for yourself that getting all of your work done on a Friday, rather than Sunday night, is well worth it. Replace your procrastination with initiative. Your best work will be done three days ahead of when it is due rather than the night before. You should always want to present only your best of work to your professor, boss, or team. Whatever it is you have to get done, do it now. Putting it off till last minute will only discourage your efforts.

Imagine a typical procrastinator. It’s a Sunday afternoon and they’re at a family party. But they have yet to begin their research paper due the day after. That person will not be able to enjoy their time with family knowing that they have to go home later and devote every second of their life to getting that paper done. Procrastination leads to stress, and we know where that can lead. Save yourself the stress and get things done today.

The video games can be played after your work is done. The socializing can happen after your work is done. Snapchat can wait until after your work is done. Don’t make mistakes and then complain you didn’t have time to finish your assignments. The only one at fault is you. Your friends are not to blame. If you choose to go hang out with them all weekend long, you are to blame. There is always a choice in life. Make the right one.

As humans, we love the feelings accomplishment and success bring to our minds. One less assignment is one less thing to worry about. Everyone has enough things to worry about as it is. Do not let yourself be burdened with more than is necessary. Getting things done before everyone else is an incredible feeling and in turn, you will now have much more time to enjoy all the other things you love doing.

Countless students wake up on Sunday morning and cannot bear to get out of bed. In the back of their mind, they know what is ahead of them for the day. Imagine what little you would have to worry about if you spread out your work over three days than to wait until Sunday to do everything. Your whole day will have been spent going to extreme measures to get everything done on time. Procrastinating is the thief of time. We have little enough time on this earth as it is, so, don’t let someone or something take it away from you. You have complete control over what you choose to use your time with.

Set a list of goals you want to accomplish throughout your day. As you continue to check off those boxes you will be amazed at how much better you will feel throughout the day. It is definitely a great idea to set both short-term and long-term goals for yourself. Whether those goals consist of running a marathon, writing a book, losing fifty pounds, or starting and expanding a successful business, we are constantly looking towards the future. However, those goals can only be achieved if you take action today. You cannot say you ran a marathon if you don’t run. You cannot call yourself an author if you don’t write. You cannot lose weight if you don’t eat healthy and workout. You most definitely cannot start a business if you don’t put in the work today. It all starts with routine and it all starts with getting things done. Break you bad habit. Your future will be problematic if you continue to pile up problems today. To live your foreseen futures, you have to first live in the present. Catch the time thief and set yourself up for success.