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Procastination: The dangers and the Way out!

Why do you want to do this “Later”?

Have you ever been tempted to do later what you can do now? Or are you constantly in the habit of delaying of starting or finishing tasks despite knowing it might have negative consequences.

Then Procastination is the challenge you are battling with. It is a common human experience involving delay in everyday chores or even putting off salient tasks such as attending an appointment, submitting a job report or academic assignment, or broaching a stressful issue with a partner…

Did you know that once procrastination becomes an habit it rampages every aspect of one’s life:your sleeping habits, feeding habits, financial habits, health habits, Work habits…

To be practical now,scheduling your work ahead would help you as a writer/blogger …,reading before notes gets bulky would help you as a student, Cooking your meals will help you reduce feeding costs etc

A Personality and Social Psychology study on the topic hypothesized that procrastinators adhere to a simple behavioral rule—“later”—in common daily situations, resulting in predictable delays in behavioral onset, time preferences for “later” rather than “sooner,” and delayed preparatory behaviors with detrimental consequences later on.

It was also discovered that procrastination is associated with a number of adverse states and problems, including increased stress, lower task performance, reduced well-being, regret and suffering, and risk of mental and physical illness.

Yes! Most times, our delayed task costs us a lot !

Simple choices reflecting a preference for “later” may put the procrastinating person in a disadvantageous position compared to a non-procrastinating person.

Taking action early to start something may also have beneficial psychological consequences, even if the task at hand is not completed.

For example, having started the implementation of some planned project (e.g., reading a book, writing an essay, painting the house) turns an abstract intention into something concrete, thereby facilitating execution of planned action (e.g., McCrea et al., 2008)
Even if the task is not finished, having started it may increase rather than decrease motivation to re-engage.

So, go start what you want to do, gather momentum on the task, STOP PROCASTINATION!

 

 

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Enjoy!

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00746/full
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S019188691730274X

 

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