General: Procrastination is the Thief of Time

“Procrastination is the thief of time” should be an old adage that is familiar to everyone. Even if you have never heard of the proverb, it is a quote easy to understand as it applies to almost every aspect of our lives. Time that is lost, can never again be recovered. We are aware of this, and yet many of us still fall into the bad habit of procrastinating on important things we have to do in the here and now. Because to NOT procrastinate hinges on plenty of self-discipline, willpower and a determination to achieve one’s goals, and unfortunately, not everyone is imbued with those characteristics. As such it is not a surprise that it is often said that a person who does not procrastinate will be more successful in life on all counts - emotionally, physically and mentally.

As we progress nearer to the final year examinations, it is even more critical for students not to fall into the trap of procrastination. You should not put away work saying, “I can do it tomorrow” or “I shall study more next week”, because by delaying and rescheduling, you are losing precious time to catch up on your syllabus, or revise areas you are weak in. The examination dates are not going to move further away just because you have decided to push your studying dates later. Are you going to make up for lost time by eating your meals faster, or losing precious sleep that will have an impact on your mental and physical health?

Another insidious way that procrastination works is the tendency for students to delay seeking help. “Let me wait until my next test/exam results” or “I can still do it on my own” without realising the clock is ticking down. This is a dangerous delusion. Many students and parents believe in seeking last minute help (whether internally in schools or externally with tuition centres), but results do not lie. Through many years, across all subjects and levels, students who put in consistent work will always perform well in examinations. For last minute stragglers, it boils down to luck most of the time due to lack of preparation in advance.

There is unfortunately no easy way out to success. For every ‘A’ that is achieved, many hours of diligence is required – to memorise content, understand concepts and practice writing. But there is also another old saying that “Better late than never”. Yes, while time had been wasted, there is always be a starting point to improve the situation. Which is right now.

Get your study materials in order, set up a study plan, and seek help on your weaker subjects. We are less than four months away from the GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level examinations and you need to make sure that every minute counts henceforth. You can do it!


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