a man sitting at a desk with a laptop and headphones procrastinating
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on March 29, 2023 and last updated on May 14, 2023

If you’re looking for interesting conversation topics to discuss in English, the topic of procrastination is definitely one to consider. Not only is it a relatable and common issue that many people face, but it also provides an opportunity to explore personal experiences, opinions and strategies for overcoming procrastination.

By delving into this topic, English learners can improve their communication skills while also gaining valuable insights into how to better manage their time and productivity.

What is Procrastination?

Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing tasks or actions that need to be done, often until the last minute or past the deadline. It is a common tendency that affects people from all walks of life and can be a major obstacle to productivity and personal growth.

Procrastination can take many forms, from putting off work or school assignments to delaying important life decisions or avoiding difficult conversations.

Some people procrastinate because they feel overwhelmed or anxious about a task, while others may simply lack motivation or find distractions more appealing.

While procrastination can provide temporary relief, it can also lead to increased stress, missed opportunities and negative consequences. By understanding the root causes of procrastination and developing effective strategies for managing it, individuals can overcome this habit and achieve greater success in their personal and professional lives.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • delay (verb)
  • indecisive (adjective)
  • put off (phrasal verb)
  • postpone (adjective)
  • avoid (verb)
  • indecision (adjective)
  • leave to the last minute (phrase)
  • strike while the iron is hot (idiom)

Conversation Questions

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  • Do you consider yourself a procrastinator? Why or why not?
  • Is procrastination always a bad thing? Why or why not?
  • What tasks or projects do you typically procrastinate on? Why?
  • What advice would you give to someone who struggles with procrastination?
  • Would you say procrastination is a sign of laziness or a lack of motivation? Why or why not?
  • How do you think procrastination affects your productivity and overall well-being?
  • What are some of the main reasons people procrastinate? Are these reasons universal or do they vary across cultures?
  • Should schools teach students how to manage procrastination? Why or why not?
  • How can technology both help and hinder our ability to manage procrastination?
  • Should procrastination be considered a mental health issue? Why or why not?
  • Can procrastination be a form of self-sabotage?
  • Do you think procrastination could be a symptom of our fast-paced, hyper-connected society?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.