Procrastinating can complicate your life in many ways. Being late for a school paper, being late to pay the bills or preferring writing on my blog instead of doing laundry is only a few of the countless ways I procrastinate. And as far back as I can remember, I always had a natural tendency to procrastinate.
What exactly is procrastination?
According to Wikipedia,
“Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time.”
In 1978, 5% of Americans called themselves chronic procrastinators, as opposed to 26% today. Procrastination can not only affect your work, but it can make you feel ashamed, inadequate, guilty, stressed and even depressed.
Even though those feelings can be very unpleasant, we still succumb to procrastination and most of us have a very hard time quitting. Some psychologists say that it is done out of habit and others say that it is a behavioral trait or a symptom of a psychological disorder.
The psychology behind it
Well, whether it is habitual, psychological or physiological, this comfort zone is exceedingly difficult to leave. It seems that, by procrastinating, we are in fact avoiding pain. But it is possible to achieve, and, as they say, the first step to solving it is admitting that you have a problem.
In this technological era where everything is at our fingertips, procrastination seems to be easier and easier to give into every day. And all the online distractions only make matters worse. The feeling of satisfaction can be intense at first, but, in the long run, the stress will overcome everything else.
Procrastination nation (don’t put this off!)
OnlineClasses.org has come up with this remarkably interesting infographic where you will discover everything you want to know about the art of procrastinating. You will also uncover a few useful tips to help you quit procrastinating.
So don’t put this off! Check out this infographic and learn how to take back your life! As for me, I am very glad to have come across this precious tool, and I will undoubtedly try the tips given below.
Are you a procrastinator like me? If so, feel free to tell me your story in the comment box below!
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