Everyone procrastinates at one time or another. Sometimes this is not a big deal, because the task you are putting off is not important or time-sensitive. There are sometimes, however, when procrastination can cause serious problems in your life. Unfortunately, constantly putting things off can become a habitual ritual that can cause real damage in a number of ways.
You put household chores off until the last minute, and this creates stress and strain on your mental well-being. At work you put off till tomorrow what you should do today, your boss notices, and you miss that big promotion or get fired. You know you should exercise. Instead, you find excuses every day to wait just one more day, promising yourself that, “I will start exercising tomorrow.” Your health suffers, causing physical and mental discomfort and mounting medical bills.
There are a host of reasons why procrastinating can be bad for you. So why do you do it?
Often times delaying the inevitable happens because you have to accomplish a task or take an action which is undesirable. Other times procrastination is not intentional. It happens because you are distracted by the sights and sounds around you. You may also simply have so much on your to-do list that daily and weekly procrastination is part of your productivity game plan.
Why Procrastination Is Bad for You
You may be asking yourself, “What’s the big deal? So I procrastinate from time to time. Everybody does it, and it’s not like it’s creating any problems in my life.”
Unfortunately, that is the sneaky side of procrastination and its effects on the human brain. No one likes to think poorly of himself. So when you procrastinate, you justify your reasoning mentally. You convince yourself that what you put off until tomorrow is justifiable, and your brain backs up that belief to keep from creating stress.
Your procrastination continues, tasks and responsibilities pile up, and eventually you have such a mess on your hands that you cannot deal with it mentally or physically. Your relationships, your health, your mental well-being and your finances can be ruined by the procrastination – justification – procrastination cycle which feeds on itself until you have caused some serious damage in some areas of your life.
Our upcoming series of blog posts are designed to reduce, or totally eliminate, procrastination in your life. You will learn that distractions are often the biggest cause of putting things off. You’ll also discover ways to eliminate distractions, including websites, applications and software that do all the work for you.
You will learn how to:
- Create a plan of action that works for your specific situation and schedule to stop procrastination on a daily basis
- Motivate yourself to accomplish any task
- Hold yourself accountable to others.
- Decipher what your procrastination is trying to tell you – the real message you should be seeing.
Think about your reasons for procrastinating and I look forward to sharing our next post discussing how to eliminate outside influences in your life.
To Your Success…