Feb 28, 2009

Effects of Procrastination - How Procrastinating Destroys Your Quality of Life

Guilt. Fear. Worry. Stress. Self-loathing. Does any of that ring a bell? If you're one of those many people who keep putting things off until the screaming last minute (or beyond), you may be painfully familiar with these emotions. Those are just some of the effects of procrastination.

Procrastination is seductively easy. We like to have fun and enjoy ourselves, preferring to avoid the things that are difficult and tedious. So when you know you have a big project you need to get done, what's the first thing you do? You probably remind yourself of the deadline and think, "I've got plenty of time." Then you go read a book, watch TV, make some tea, go out with friends--basically do anything else BUT work on the project.

After a while you look and realize that the eleventh hour is at hand. The only way to finish the project in time is to work your butt off for several hours! You're frantic as you rush, rush, rush to get it done. Then, one of two things happens: Either you miss the deadline, let people down, and feel like a heel, or you end up doing a poor job that you can't take pride in.

Putting things off has a way of snowballing. Tomorrow becomes next week. Next week becomes next month. Before you know it, the months stretch into years, and you're not any closer to making your dreams come true. You're stuck in a rut and you can't seem to make yourself move forward... all because the demon of procrastination is holding you in its fist.

It makes you look bad to everyone else, too. Consistently arriving late for work, never returning phone calls in a timely manner, never getting anything done on time, never accomplishing your goals--how does that make you look to the people in your life?

For your own sanity and well-being, you need to learn how to beat procrastination. It's the key to taking charge of your life and achieving your dreams.

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