Addressing Procrastination: Empowering Malaysian Students For Success

Addressing Procrastination: Empowering Malaysian Students For Success

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By Nur Hazilah Omar

In the fast-paced world of education, students face an array of challenges that extend beyond the classroom. One particularly formidable obstacle is the tendency to procrastinate, which can hinder academic progress and impede personal growth.

Recognising the significance of this issue, it is essential to place renewed emphasis on combating procrastination, and foster effective time management skills among students.

The Battle with Academic Procrastination

Academic procrastination, often coined as the art of delaying tasks, is a common behaviour that can hinder productivity, erode quality, and instil unnecessary stress.

While students often grapple with multiple responsibilities, the digital age has introduced an additional layer of distractions that can divert their attention from essential academic pursuits. Social media, online entertainment, and the allure of the digital world can lead even the most dedicated students astray.

Overcoming this challenge requires a combination of self-discipline, time management, and effective study strategies.

The Dual Lens: Students and Educators

From the lecture halls to the quiet corners of study rooms, I’ve observed the procrastination cycle from two perspectives. As students, the allure of delaying tasks can be seductive, especially amid bustling schedules. The weight of assignments, coupled with personal obligations, often creates an environment where procrastination seems like a refuge.

Yet, as a lecturer, I’ve also witnessed the aftermath of procrastination on students’ academic growth. While procrastination might momentarily relieve stress, it ultimately impairs the depth of comprehension, inquiry, and engagement that defines genuine learning experiences.

Procrastination is not just about being lazy; it can have serious consequences on our overall well-being. Prolonged procrastination can lead to heightened stress levels, increased feelings of anxiety, and a decline in overall mental health.

Recognizing this link, the government is working to address procrastination as part of a holistic approach to student well-being.

Institutional Support and Parental Involvement

Efforts to counteract procrastination are gaining momentum within educational institutions across Malaysia.

Recognising the challenges faced by students in managing their time effectively, schools and universities are implementing innovative strategies to cultivate good time management habits. Workshops, seminars, and interactive sessions on time management have become integral components of support systems, such as study groups and accountability partners, which can be invaluable in overcoming these hurdles.

Sharing goals and progress with others can enhance commitment and motivation. Additionally, seeking guidance from educators, counsellors, or mentors can provide valuable insights into personalised strategies.

Parents and guardians also play a pivotal role in this endeavour. Open dialogues within families about time management can foster a supportive environment for students to develop good study habits. By discussing the implications of procrastination and encouraging disciplined work habits, parents can contribute significantly to their children’s academic and personal success.

Ultimately, the battle against procrastination transcends the classroom, and will shape the future leaders of our nation. With concerted efforts, we are not merely defeating a habit; we are fostering a culture of diligence, determination, and proactive behaviour that will propel Malaysian students toward a future brimming with achievements.

Commitment, self-awareness, and perseverance

Addressing procrastination is not a one-size-fits-all solution; rather, it’s a journey that requires commitment, self-awareness, and perseverance.

Malaysian students can rise above procrastination challenges by understanding its triggers, implementing effective strategies, and seeking support from their institutions and families.

Nevertheless, in the pursuit of academic excellence and personal development, battling academic procrastination, overcoming laziness, and managing gadget addiction are also essential milestones.

As we encourage students to be the architects of their success, let’s also foster an environment where resilience, self-discipline, and effective time management skills are nurtured.

By recognising the challenges of the digital age and adopting holistic strategies to address them, we can ensure that the future generation emerges stronger and better equipped to thrive in a world of constant change.


Nur Hazilah Omar is a Lecturer with the Faculty of Business and Management at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Sabah Branch.

(The views expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the official policy or position of BERNAMA)

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