The enemy called Procrastination
Procrastination is the act of putting off work for no particular reason. Some guides and experts say that you’re procrastinating when you’re not doing a task that needs to be accomplished by a certain deadline.
That’s a false definition. It implies that we’re not procrastinating as long as we get the work done. If that’s true, most people don’t procrastinate. Which is of course not true.
Instances of Procrastination
When you delay work for a good reason, you’re not procrastinating. What’s a good reason? When your work improves with the delay. Think of someone who needs to write a report but runs into a new challenge that must be included in the report. One can argue that the work will be better by spending more time on researching the new challenge.
However, most of our work does not get better by delaying it. If you want to go to the gym, your performance will not be better tomorrow. It will probably be worse because of entropy.
In the Entrepreneur universe, we procrastinate in the same way. How often have you delayed work on a project until the last minute? Again, this pattern is not only limited to education and work. In our personal lives, we do the same.
Dangers of procrastination;
The stress of juggling deferred tasks increases the risk of mental health challenges in susceptible individuals
Sleep deprivation and rushing to keep up with deadlines lead to both physical and mental exhaustion.
Procrastination often causes underperformance , in turn triggering feelings of self-doubt and worthlessness.
Missed deadlines and appointments can wear on both personal and professional relationships.
Chronic procrastination keeps individuals from realizing their full professional potential, delaying – if not detailing – career progress.
Benefits Of Not Procrastinating
Procrastination is an inner struggle that can seriously destroy our overall well-being. There are three main benefits to beating procrastination:
Annihilates anxiety —The more we procrastinate, and the longer we wait to get started with important things, the more anxiety and stress we have. Doing work is never easy. And if you wait until tomorrow, you will only feel more anxious about getting started. If you overcome procrastination and take immediate action, you will get things done. You remove the anxiety from that task before it gets to you.
Higher self-discipline – Research shows that procrastination is not only a time-management problem. One of the biggest reasons we procrastinate is low self-discipline. The main benefit of beating procrastination is that you automatically increase your self-discipline.
Better work – People who don’t procrastinate accomplish better work. When you work with less stress, anxiety, and high self-discipline, you give yourself the chance to do better.