Have you ever had so much work to complete, assignments to hand in and chores to do? Yet, even with that workload and ample time, you still waited for the last minute to finish your important, meaningful tasks?
This all happens because of procrastination. It is defined as the action of delaying or postponing something. I for one can say I have a gigantic problem with procrastination. I literally procrastinated writing this article.
It is remarkably easy to fall into the habit that is procrastination. I could have all the time in the world to study for a test, but I’d find such a trivial task like watching paint dry suddenly more appealing. I want to study, I just can’t bring myself to open a book.
When procrastination becomes a habit, it can have negative effects. It can be extremely draining and it can lead to you becoming stressed or even depressed. People often procrastinate because they are afraid of failing at the tasks that they need to complete. This fear of failure can promote procrastination in various ways, such as by causing people to avoid finishing a task, or by causing them to avoid getting started on a task in the first place.
Procrastination is not a synonym for lazy.
Procrastinators have the desire to do something but can’t force themselves to start. On the other hand, lazy people simply don’t do anything and are just fine with it.
Trust me, you won’t get to doing it later so it is better to just get it over with. Time does not wait for anyone and while you are wasting time, time will slip away from you like silk through your fingers. No one wants to live with regret. While you procrastinate today, your regret accumulates tomorrow.
Do not miss opportunities because of procrastination. Find motivation to get stuff done, think of the life that awaits you, if you can only put in the effort. Prioritize completing chores now, so you can relax later and you won’t feel guilty for taking a break because you deserve it. Work on your self-discipline, time management, planning and maintain good habits. Tackle your responsibilities head on and you will reap the long-term benefits.
Like any other bad habit, you can overcome this one, but only if you truly want to. The strength to overcome it has to come from within you and no one said it will be easy.
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