The Dangers of Procrastination

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We’ve all done the “I’ll get to it” dance. Whether it’s putting off starting a health and fitness regimen or delaying the start of a new book, everyone knows procrastination. The reasons vary, and often, we can’t pinpoint what’s causing us to hesitate in moving forward. No matter the reason, one thing’s for sure—procrastination rarely gets us where we want to go.

Procrastination delays your ability to reach greater satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.

We all have goals, visions, and dreams for our lives, and sometimes even the simplest steps are the most important in reaching these aspirations. When you see it from this perspective, it’s clear why procrastination can be dangerous. Not only will you feel stuck, but you also won’t make progress.

Here are three other dangers of putting off important tasks:

1. Your Self-Confidence Takes a Nosedive

Procrastination is part of a vicious cycle: putting off what you need to do because of insecurity, then feeling even less confident when the task remains undone. Past failures or the fear of failure can often cause a person to procrastinate or not try at all.

Rejection also leaves a nasty sting, making you feel worthless, alienated, and fearful of opening up again. Break this cycle by focusing on self-care. Participate in activities that make you feel fulfilled, and you’ll find the inner motivation to take steps toward your goals.

2. Your Career Takes a Hit

Success in your career means going above and beyond to complete your work on time, which is hard if you’re a notorious procrastinator. No matter how qualified you are, falling behind reflects poorly on the job and can prevent you from getting that next big promotion.

If you’re self-employed, procrastination affects your work too. Your overall performance suffers, and it becomes noticeable to clients, peers, and colleagues. Start changing this reality by breaking your work into small, manageable tasks instead of getting overwhelmed by the big picture.

For many, a detailed to-do list can help with this process! Here’s a bonus tip: learn to say no! Don’t overcommit.

3. Relationships Will Suffer

Work isn’t the only thing that suffers when you procrastinate. Your personal relationships can also fall through the cracks! Missed lunch dates, forgotten birthdays, and delayed responses to texts or calls can give the impression you’re not interested in the relationship—even if you are. Take a methodical approach to handle this level of procrastination.

Start by set alerts on your phone and schedule specific times in your week to connect with those you care about. This might seem too orchestrated, but if your lifestyle demands it (like mine does), it will save you from future drama. Sometimes, you’ll find you don’t have any extra time. Creativity and finesse will be your best friends, and making time for those you care about becomes the priority, even if it means drastically rearranging your schedule.

Procrastination comes in many forms, and we all have our reasons for falling behind. Whether it’s simple disorganization, stress, anxiety, or lack of self-confidence, getting to a better place begins with committing to change. Accountability on all levels is key. It’s not productive or effective to be accountable only in the boardroom, classroom, office, or in front of the cameras. We should strive for it at all times, even when no one is looking.

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