How To Overcome Procrastination

Do you procrastinate? Nearly everyone is guilty of procrastination at some point in their life. It’s mostly inevitable and only harmful if you let it manifest into a pattern or habit.

Procrastination is the action of putting off or postponing something that needs to be done. It could be further stated as a habitual or intentional delay of starting or finishing a task despite knowing it might have negative consequences.

There are many misconceptions about what causes procrastination. Society views procrastinators as lazy, selfish, and borderline narcissistic. Even if you do think you’re lazy or someone else is lazy, it is not always the case. Causes are broad and include multiple different factors, some of which are personal that you may never experience.

It’s normal for us to put things off at times. Nearly everyone does that. However, procrastinators chronically avoid difficult tasks and may deliberately look for distractions. According to Psychology Today, habitual procrastinators represent approximately 20 percent of the population.

People who procrastinate nearly always realize they will not gain anything from putting the task off. Yet, they do it anyway. And, more often than not, they end up wasting time on things that might be of little value or completely trivial.

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Running on high stress levels is fairly common to the procrastinator. Of course, this can lead to health issues of all kinds. And what does the procrastinator do when they need to seek medical help? They procrastinate. It all can end up as a vicious circle.

It’s not just their health that suffers. Their job performance and relationships may also suffer and generally do.

Why do people procrastinate when they realize that it’s going to make matters worse? There are many possible reasons and one procrastinator may do it for a completely different reason than the next guy.

The consequences of chronic procrastination are broad. It’s stressful and can bring on depression, fatigue, and loss of energy. It can also lead to hypertension which can then lead to cardiovascular disease. They begin to feel regret and are not satisfied with their life. Their job performance will suffer and their relationship will be strained. Thankfully, procrastination can be unlearned and should be if you want to improve your relationships and live a happier life.

It starts with recognizing that this behavior will always negatively impact your happiness, success, and relationships if you don’t stop. Commitment is crucial to unlocking the mindfulness needed to change.

If you procrastinate and want to stop there are several steps to be successful at quitting. First is understanding why you do it. Next is figuring out what kind of procrastinator you are. Then it’s realizing the varied consequences for you and others. Lastly learning about the solution.

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