"Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday."
The one factor that will probably have the most influence on where your career or work life will lead, is something that is somewhat beyond your control: your reputation. A scary thought, yet you do yield some influence over it.
Many years ago, a person with a high school certificate was able to apply for any number of jobs. Later, when expectation grew, the minimum requirement was a diploma. Today, many students with degrees are unemployed. The standard and expectation of education has grown to a level where you cannot afford not to have an education.