Do you always find excuses not to do certain things? If
you answered "yes, "you are a procrastinator. What types of things do
you put off doing? Why do you procrastinate? Read the excerpt from a magazine
article about procrastinating. Complete it with infinitives or ing-forms of the
verb from the list below
to finish to spend to tell to
study to get to make to
put off to procrastinate to put off to
have to do (3) to start to
avoid to feel to procrastinate
Stop procrastinating – now!
It's a beautiful day. Eva doesn't feel like __________ it
at the library. She goes to the park instead. She keeps __________ herself
she'll work better the next day.
Todd planned __________ an appointment with the dentist,
but he decided __________ another week, or maybe two.
Procrastinating – __________ until tomorrow things you
need __________ today – is a universal problem. College students are famous
for__________, but we all do it sometimes. What causes people __________
important tasks? Read what the experts say.
unpleasant tasks • It's not always fun __________ a lot
of the things on our To Do lists. Most people prefer __________ enjoyable
poor time management • __________ too little time for a
task is discouraging. It's hard __________ started on a project when you feel
that you can't finish it.
fear • An important test can make you feel so nervous
that you put off __________.
perfectionism • The belief that you must do a perfect job
can prevent you from __________ or __________ a task.
As you can see, people often procrastinate because they
want __________ bad feelings. But procrastinators end up __________ even worse
because of their procrastination. The only solution: stop __________. Now!