Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow? What? Wait a minute! That’s not how the saying goes. Are you a procrastinator? If you are, then that saying is yours. However, there are several possible reasons why you procrastinate. There are also some consequences when you procrastinate. Fortunately, there are some strategies you can use to overcome procrastination.
Why do people procrastinate?
Procrastination is common in those that are perfectionists. If a perfectionist is working on a task, they may believe that the task won’t be finished to their unrealistic standards. So, they put it off.
Other procrastinators are too easily distracted. If they get thrown off track easily, they may have a difficult time staying on task.
The task at hand may just seem too overwhelming for some. If there’s a really big job that just seems like it’s too much to handle, some people will put it off until later. They’d rather find other things to do to keep them busy.
What are the consequences of procrastination?
It’s no surprise that there are significant consequences when people procrastinate. A student who procrastinates rather than working on a big project or studying for a final exam may have difficulty passing their classes.
Similarly, in the working world, procrastination may mean that you’re unable to meet your deadlines. This could result in career challenges or even possible termination.
Procrastination and the stress associated with it can lead to serious medical issues. Your health may suffer if you continue to ignore certain symptoms and put off going to the doctor. Besides, small issues have a way of becoming bigger ones if you avoid getting them checked out.
Try these strategies for overcoming procrastination:
These tips can be very helpful, as long as you’re willing to try them. Make a to-do list, put things in order of priority, and schedule a little “me time” by putting some fun things on your list as a reward. What are you waiting for? Get started now!