Procrastination is the act of putting off work for no particular reason. Some experts say that you’re procrastinating when you’re not doing a task that needs to be accomplished by a certain deadline. That’s a false definition. It states that we’re not procrastinating as long as we get the work done; if this would be true, it would mean that most people don’t procrastinate. However, 90% of people procrastinate at least one hour a day, they all delay or postpone a task for no good reason. Sometimes, we start a task or project, but we end up delaying the work. We don’t get it done.
Most of our work does not get better by delaying it. If you want to go to the gym, do it today not tomorrow. Your performance will not be better tomorrow, it will probably be worse, since achieving tasks helps you with your discipline and with your self-esteem. When the exam comes close, most students start panicking because they have not studied till the day before. Now, most of us form this behavior in school and remain working this way for the rest of our lives. How often have you delayed work on a project until the last minute?
Procrastination can not only be seen at school or work but also in personal our personal life. It’s not a sustainable way of living and working. When you’re close to your deadline, and you haven’t done anything, you experience more stress. While stress may improve your concentration, it also has negative effects on your long-term well-being. Long-term stress can lead to depression, anxiety, heart disease, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attacks, obesity, eating disorders, and a handful of other health problems. Procrastination is not a problem we should take lightly. Procrastination is an inner struggle that can seriously destroy our well-being.
Benefits of stopping procrastination:
- Lower Anxiety: The more we procrastinate, and the longer we wait to get started with important things, the more anxiety and stress we have. Doing work is never easy. And if you wait until tomorrow, you will only feel more anxious about getting started. If you overcome procrastination and take immediate action, you will get things done.
- Better work: People who don’t procrastinate accomplish better work. When you work with less stress, anxiety, and high self-discipline, you give yourself the chance to do better work.
- Higher self-discipline: Procrastination is not only a time-management problem. One of the biggest reasons we procrastinate is low self-discipline. The main benefit of overcoming procrastination is that you automatically increase your self-discipline.
As you can see, all of us can work on being better at achieving tasks and stop procrastinating. All those days spent working and disciplining yourself will eventually pay off. Jim Rohn (a well-known philosopher) talks about the pain of discipline versus the pain of regret. Either way, he says, you pay the price. You can choose to pay the price of discipline now, today, and every day.