Unfortunately, the procrastinator isn’t happy. They fall victim to their procrastination… time and again.
They are late on their payments, they didn’t expect to get laid off, they didn’t think to check their stock portfolio….
PROCRASTINATION IS an addiction…a powerful one…that has a HUGE negative impact on everyone.
Trying to erase an addiction is difficult.
Trying to erase an addiction without planting the seeds of some OTHER behavior in it’s stead is almost impossible.
Why is it so difficult to be happy when someone spends their time doing things to don’t matter, or, worse, nothing at all?
Because a big component of procrastination is the belief that one can or cannot accomplish a specific task or project.
Procrastination says, “I can’t do it. If I do it I will fail. If I fail I will feel stupid. I won’t try. Therefore, I won’t fail.”
You’ve experienced it. You’ve watched this in others.
Causes and Effects of Procrastination
Procrastination is a nasty habit and you are definitely not alone if you procrastinate. Most people are procrastinators, and over time, it can cause severe damage to your life and your overall mental well-being. You may find yourself feeling depressed, guilty or suffer from high levels of stress due to work piling up.
Even if someone is aware that they are avoiding, they are unable to pinpoint the exact reason why, and often “exist” in a “state of denial” (right next to Missouri), where they simply blame the procrastination on other things.
Procrastination is the habit of intentionally avoiding and delaying effective and valuable action, and it is very easy to get into this bad habit.
I look at people who procrastinate as having a viral disease which can be wiped out with a little time and effort… or spread like Ebola or MRSA.
More often than not, by the time a case of procrastination is identified, the individual has already suffered huge blows to their self-esteem and confidence, and are likely to be depressed, guilty or suffer from anxiety disorders, among others.
It’s time to do some personal repair work.
There are many causes of procrastination, and it certainly is different from individual to individual. It could be due to the person’s character, or even be rooted in an event that was traumatizing on some level….or the simple habit(s)…the repetitive act of pushing off doing stuff over time which develops into procrastination.
And it can really pay off big time, to go back and unearth the initial cause that sparked off this bad habit. Insight doesn’t always heal but it’s always…insightful!
Below is a list of possible causes of procrastination, and by running though these you can possibly identify similar causes in yourself. Once you know the cause, counteracting the disaster is not so difficult.
The first cause is the one no one wants to admit to… Continue