What is your degree of procrastination? Are you struggling with it? Are you willing to fight it?
Procrastination is the act of pushing forward something that needs urgent attention. It wastes a lot of time and it could result to wasted opportunities.
Some people have made procrastination a habit, while for others, it has become chronic. They have accepted it as a way of life. Fighting it may need a lot of effort and discipline.
“God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.”
― St. Augustine of Hippo
Procrastination is derived from the latin word ‘ procrastinare’ which means ‘deferred until tomorrow’.
This is what procrastination does to your life:
#1. Wastes time: Procrastination goes hand in hand with laziness. Sometimes you may procrastinate because you are lazy. Failure to do your work in time leads to a pile up of many other things. In the long run, you may end up wasting so much time because of laziness and procrastination. This may explain why some people never move up the ladder of success.
“You may delay, but time will not.”
― Benjamin Franklin
#2. It messes with your reputation: If you keep procrastinating on assignments that may affect a process that involves other people, they will get frustrated and lose trust or confidence in you. They will stop depending on you.
#3. It causes stress and sometimes depression: Most times, whatever you postpone to a later date may cause you a lot of stress. For example, students who do not revise for exams due to procrastination experience a lot of stress. If they fail in that exam because of failure to prepare for it, they can become frustrated.
Another example, if you are sick and you keep postponing the idea of going to hospital, the sickness may get worse even to a point of death.
#4. Low Quality work: Some people have perfected the art of doing things the last minute. But truth be told, doing activities hurriedly to meet deadlines may mean delivering shoddy work. Set achievable goals. A good plan and discipline will help you to achieve success.
Procrastination is the brain’s idea of avoiding pain or getting tired. Find out why you keep procrastinating. It is also imperative to look at the bigger picture and see what you are losing as a result of procrastinating. It may be a wake-up call. It could be your biggest obstacle to achieving your goals. It could be the reason, you are poor, sick, not physically fit or stressed.
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
― Karen Lamb
If you are struggling with it, you can engage an accountability partner. Identify someone you can be accountable to. Make sure that he/she is dependable and it is someone who is more successful than you.
You can fight procrastination by having the self-will to counter it. Sometimes, we all know what we are supposed to do, but lack of self-will will render all our good plans useless.