Procrastinate: When we procrastinate, should we ask ourselves “Why”? Does a procrastinator understand the action of putting-off or delaying something can become habitual? Are you aware of the effect it has on others? What does it do to your character? Do you observe procrastinators in a different light? If procrastination involves choice because of the number of tasks at hand, do you know how to prioritize? Do you gain or lose by procrastinating, and does it vary depending on circumstance?
Procrastination can be a major problem in life. Why do today what can be put off until tomorrow, right? The procrastinator, which resides in many of us to varying degrees, will place immense effort into creating excuses for not doing what should be done. This effort to disguise or excuse procrastination, in addition to the pain and self-loathing that often results as a consequence of neglecting what we know we should be doing, is frequently more difficult and painful than if we jumped in and completed the task immediately.
According to Maria Konniko of The New Yorker, studies show that “procrastination leads to lower over-all well-being, worse health, and lower salaries.” She goes on to report that “the average employee, one survey found, spends about an hour and twenty minutes each day putting off work; that time, in turn, translates to a loss of about nine thousand dollars per worker per year.”
As explained by Piers Steel, a University of Calgary psychologist, his meta- analysis of more than 200 studies led him to conclude that impulsiveness and procrastination are two sides of the same coin. According to Steel,” If we think of procrastination as the flip side of impulsivity—as a failure of self-control rather than a failure of ambition—then the way we approach it shifts.” Accordingly, Steel suggests a strategy that is effective in boosting self-control: “reframe broad, ambitious goals in concrete, manageable, immediate chunks.” In addition, Steel claims that “one of the easiest things to do is to realize that maybe it’s your distractions, not your goals, that are the problem,” which points to the procrastinator’s need to keep distractions (e.g. reading news, watching TV, playing video games, etc.) to a minimum.
Regardless of whether one is attempting to achieve a major goal, or merely attempting to complete a typically mundane task of doing dishes, procrastination can doom the endeavor from the very beginning. As awful as the task at hand might seem, we know that procrastinating will likely make it worse. Sometimes, simply starting a dreaded task is the key to creating the momentum and motivation that can assist you in completing what you need to get done.