Welcome to Day 3 of the Procrastination to Progress Challenge for October. I apologize again for it’s lateness, as I’ve been dealing with the family concern around my dad. I don’t fail to recognize the irony of this situation that I had all this prepared Word wise but didn’t prepare the blog posts because I wanted to allow myself to post each day. Note to self: Prescheduling posts isn’t a bad thing as long as you still engage daily! Without further ado…
Everyone procrastinates. Everyone. At any given time, it’s estimated that 20% of people are procrastinating some aspect of their lives. Students procrastinate studying for tests. Employees put off preparing for meetings and writing reports. Pretty much everyone falls behind in housework and does the mad dash when someone calls to say they are stopping by. That means life is being impacted by failure to take action whether we are on the clock or off of it. It’s normal to postpone things for a variety of reasons, but it becomes a problem when it becomes habitual.
Contrary to popular belief procrastination isn’t a time management issue; it’s so much more. Procrastinators don’t put things off by hitting the snooze button too many times. They are usually driven by internal aversions that they may or may not be aware of.
While people procrastinate for a variety of reasons, some of the most popular reasons are to avoid feeling afraid or overwhelmed. Sometimes they procrastinate because they don’t know what to do first, so they do nothing at all. This is really popular for folks with mental struggles that prevent them from breaking up big pictures items or large projects into bite-sized pieces. I deal with this due to living with ADD.
If you are interested in learning about specific reasons and how to address them, read this article on Lifehack by Leon Ho. He discusses how you can tackle:
Sometimes procrastination can be a positive thing, especially if you tend to be impulsive. Many times, it helps to wait a bit before taking action. Here are some examples of ways procrastination can be beneficial:
Procrastination is an activity everyone engages in from time to time. It’s perfectly normal but it could become a habit if you’re not mindful. Be wary of putting things off and watch out for the warning signs that procrastination is starting to affect you in negative ways.
Tomorrow, we’ll talk about two ways procrastination can be ruining your life. This will explain why this topic is so important to me as a writer and voice discovery coach who values relationships and realizes I ultimately want to work only for myself.