Hate to Admit It, But I Procrastinate, too!

Hate to Admit It, But I Procrastinate, too!


The newest best friend of everyone today, especially college students, is procrastination. I usually try to do everything on time. Typically, I am that one student that has her research paper done one month before the due date, but, sometimes, even I slip up.

This semester, I just kept putting things off. I would tell myself, “Oh, well, I can do it tomorrow.” Unfortunately, if you keep telling yourself tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow, the due date is eventually tomorrow. I had a big research paper due this past Thursday for my middle childhood developmental class. My topic was on how immigration affected the emotional development of female children. It was a topic familiar to me since I had gone through the experience of immigration myself. Even more of a reason to keep saying tomorrow, right?

Well, not quite right. Before I knew it, the due date was tomorrow, and there I was sitting in front of my computer with a pile of books scattered all over my floor, two pages typed up, an APA formatting manual in my lap, a Starbucks coffee cup by my side, and tears in my eyes. It was too much; I was overwhelmed. I had finished two pages and had six more to go. IT SEEMED IMPOSSIBLE!

I sat there for a while with tears in my eyes, and then I looked up and saw my icon corner (more of an icon wall, if you ask me- i.e., I have an icon obsession). I looked at my icons, and I just cried even more. Then, I told myself that this was my own fault. I had chosen to procrastinate, and now I was in this highly stressful situation.

I stared at the icon of the Mother of God. Her eyes always calm me down. They did so again. I collected myself, and I asked God to help me through this, even though I knew fully well that I did not deserve His help.

But, God is merciful, and He had mercy on me. I managed to finish the paper, and I went far beyond the requirement of eight pages. Glory be to God, that was over and done with! After class, I went straight to bed and before work, I went to the church for about fifteen minutes. Upon entering the church, the smell of incense hit me. Tears streamed down my face, and my whole heart felt relieved. I knew that from then on I had to stop procrastinating.

St.Mark the Ascetic wrote:
So, when we are humbled and shattered, and keep in mind possession of Christ’s humiliation, what anger, wrath or bitterness can take possession of us? But when forgetfulness of these life-creating truths is accompanied by the sister vices of laziness and ignorance, then these three oppressive and deep-seated passions of the soul, hard to discover and correct, overlay and darken us with terrible futility.

I do not want to feel that pressure, the stress, and the hopelessness, especially the hopelessness, coming over me again. From now on, I pray that God always reminds me of His humiliation and of the darkness one can feel when one strays away from God’s path even for something as little as a school paper. So, ask yourself, have you procrastinated too? How did it make you feel, and should we as Orthodox Christians procrastinate on our path to salvation?

About author

Sandra Glisic

Sandra Glisic is a 19-year-old Serbian Orthodox girl who moved to the United States in 2005. She is currently a junior in college, and she is majoring in psychology with a minor in business: non-profit organizations and church management. She enjoys writing, reading Orthodox novels, and reading classics, especially Jane Austen.

Sandra teaches Sunday school at her parish along with working for the Youth Department of New Gracanica and Midwest-Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church. You can see the social networking sites she runs in the following links: Youth of the New Gracanica-Midwest-Diocese Facebook Page, Instagram: StSavaWay, Twitter: St.SavaWay, tumblr: st-sava-way, and last of all, pintrest at SOC Youth.

She babysits as a part-time job, and hopes to one day work with children. Her free time is spent with her family, friends, and in her favorite women's monastery, where she likes to unwind and truly come closer to God. She also loves watching tennis, especially the World's Number 1 tennis player, Novak Djokovic. He is a great inspiration to her, because he truly shows that when we have more, we should share it with those who don't. Sandra loves decorating and organizing events. Church is the most important thing in her life, and she loves Orthodox chanting, and has an obsession (and a vast collection) of icons. She blogs about the experiences she is having as an Orthodox teen and how Orthodoxy affects her life day to day as she moves on to adulthood.