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“I’ll do it later”…… “There’s still time”…… “I don’t have the vibes yet” …… “It’s not that urgent”….. “The boss is not around, I’ll eventually do it before he gets back”….. etc. These are the flimsy excuses of a procrastinator!
Procrastination (from Latin’s “procrastinare”, that translates as: the prefix pro-, ‘forward’, with -crastinus, ’till next day’ from “cras”, ‘tomorrow’) is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished. Sometimes, procrastination takes place until the “last minute” before a deadline. – (Wikipedia).
Procrastination is a trap that many individuals, especially young adults fall into, for as long as humans have been around, we have
been struggling with delaying, avoiding, and procrastinating on issues that matter to us because they are less enjoyable. Procrastination usually involves ignoring an unpleasant, but likely more important task, in favor of one that is more enjoyable or easier. In actual sense, many people are procrastinators
without even realizing it. Having this habit for a long period of time can cause demotivation which can lead to depression and lack of focus. It is the clear opposite of productivity; during our more productive moments, we temporarily learn how to stop procrastinating, thereby making us feel fulfilled and accomplished.
Some procrastinators give the general excuse that they perform better under pressure, but that’s literally their way of getting away with putting things off or waiting till deadlines. Philosopher William James clearly stated the impact of procrastination when he said, “Nothing is as fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an unfulfilled goal.” Procrastination comes with anxiety, tension and mental stress.
The knowledge of having a task unaccomplished constantly haunts you and keeps you uneasy. Why not choose freedom………….. Nothing comes without a price to pay, let’s now look at some dangers of procrastination
DANGERS OF PROCRASTINATION
- Career set-backs: Since frequent procrastination prevents one from achieving goals, individuals are unable to realize their full professional potential thereby delaying career progress. One might miss out on promotions or worse; one might even be at risk of losing one’s job. You may try to hide it for a while, but don’t doubt that long-term procrastination at work will almost certainly ruin your career.
- Lowered Self-Esteem: Procrastination eats away confidence. When you have tasks pending and undone, your self-esteem is lowered. There is pride in productivity! A lowered self-esteem is draining and can hold us back, making us feel less than we should.
- Poor Decision Making: Procrastination does not go well with decision making. Why? Because making decisions from this standpoint will always be ineffective as they will most likely be poor decisions. When you procrastinate, you make decisions based on your comfort zone. Nothing great ever came from a comfort zone.
- Health Risk: Anxiety and stress are factors or procrastination. If you procrastinate too much, it will most likely begin to stress you physically and mentally and cause anxiety, especially when other people or things are involved or at risk. Stress as we all know is a silent killer and leaves one at a great health risk.
Good News? How to Overcome Procrastination
- Make plans: Making plans is a great way to focus on the task at hand and find ways to achieve them.
- Set priorities: Priorities are both urgent and important task that must not be left undone. Setting priorities ensures that you don’t forget or rush over the important things that needs to be done.
- Avoid delays: Get to work as soon as possible and avoid distractions.
- Make deadlines: Your deadlines should be a week or few days to the original deadline you have been given. This gives you extra days to go over your finished work and perfect little errors.
- Commit to the task: Commitment to the task at hand means that no matter what happens, you finish what you have started.
- Keep someone in check of you: Authorities are another great way to intentionally set yourself on track every time you find yourself erring. Your authority must be someone who can look you in the eye and get your heart racing to finish your projects.
- Reward yourself: Upon successful completing of an assignment within the speculated time, reward yourself and celebrate!
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