The reason we procrastinate varies from person to person and is not always obvious. Fortunately, procrastination is not a disease. It’s just a mindset that can be changed. Whatever the reason may be, if you know you are a procrastinator, be careful: it has far more damaging effects than you may realize.
Here are the five most common ways that procrastination can destroy your life:
How much time have you wasted procrastinating? It isn’t easy to tell, but I am sure you can imagine. The worst thing about procrastinating is the moment you realize that you are two, five or ten years older and nothing has changed. Where did all the time go?
This is a terrible feeling because you can’t turn back the hands of time, you just have to live with the helpless feeling of regret. There is nothing worse than feeling frustrated at yourself, knowing the situation could have been so different…if only you had taken that first step!
Don’t do that to yourself, you deserve what you desire.
2. You will blow opportunities
How many opportunities have you wasted because you didn’t take advantage of them when they were there? This is when you really want to kick yourself.
What you don’t realize is that the opportunity could have been life changing, but you missed out on it. Most opportunities only come around once; you are never guaranteed a second chance.
Opportunities are the world’s way of giving you more, do yourself a favor and grab them with both hands!
3. You won’t be able to meet goals
Procrastination seems to come on with full force when we entertain the thought of goals, of wanting to achieve or change something. You might have a strong desire to change, but you just can’t seem to take the first step forward.
This is normally really confusing and perplexing; you might find yourself thinking, “Why is it so hard to go for something that I want so badly?” Only you can answer that; you’ll have to explore a little deeper into the resistance.
We set goals because we have a deep desire to better our lives in some way. If you don’t do this because of procrastination, you destroy the possibility to better your life.
Uncover the root cause behind your procrastination if it’s preventing you from achieving your goals, otherwise you will never attain them.
4. You could ruin your career
The way you work directly affects your results, how much you achieve and how well you perform.
Perhaps procrastination prevents you from meeting deadlines or achieving your monthly targets. What consequence will this eventually have on your career? You might miss out on promotions or worse; you might even be at risk of losing your job. You can try to hide it for a while, but don’t doubt that long-term procrastination at work will almost certainly ruin your career.
Don’t undermine your own performance unnecessarily.
5. You will make poor decisions
When you procrastinate and make decisions from this standpoint, they are almost always going to be poor decisions because of the place you are coming from. When you procrastinate, you make decisions based on criteria that most likely wouldn’t be there if you didn’t procrastinate, like pressure to finally make a decision because time is running out.
Emotions heavily influence the decisions we make and procrastination affects how we feel to a large degree. Poor decision making has huge negative effects on our happiness, results and life.
If you procrastinate too much with something, it will most likely start to stress you out and cause anxiety, especially when other people or things are involved. Studies show us more and more how damaging stress and anxiety are for us, with stress being the silent killer.
Another way that procrastination can affect your health is when you continually put off check ups, and postpone appointments or things you need to do, such as exercise. The problem only gets worse and the consequences more dire.
Remember that procrastination is like a habit, it is really hard to kick, but it can make or break you!