“I am supposed to write a blog post today.”
“I will write it tomorrow. I’m tired now.”
“I’m free now, but I don’t think I’m ready to write yet.”
Those, and many more were the thoughts that were running through my mind this week. Singly, they can all be seen as harmless thoughts. Together, they form an alliance that is today known as procrastination.
This phenomenon has eaten deep into some of our lives that we don’t even see it as a problem anymore. Before it becomes something chronic, you can also change things around for yourself.
I’m not here on a holier than thou mission. Far from it. If you have been following from the beginning, you will know I might even be guiltier than you are.
Today will not be for pointing fingers though (Haha. No, I’m not procrastinating on that). Rather, we will be exploring some of the negative effects of procrastination, and what to do about them.Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday – Don Marquis Click To Tweet
1 Mental Effects
The initial negative effects of procrastination start from the brain. Afterall, that was the first place where the thought to reschedule that task for later came from.
Procrastination is one phenomenon that can easily make you become self-critical. That is in addition to a sense of perfectionism from wanting to leave the task to when it can be perfectly done, low self-esteem from beating yourself up about not performing said tasks and many more.
In the end, all of these could culminate in a feeling of ‘jammed’ sense of thinking and rebelliousness, among other things.
2 Physical Effects
It is funny that even though procrastinating means you don’t do whatever it is you had to do at that time, you still feel tensed.
The constant reminder your mind gives you about the task at hand can lead to cases of raised blood pressure, nausea and sleep difficulties. It is not far-fetched information to suggest that agitations in the muscles and body will follow such symptoms. To deal with these, especially among students, many will turn to various stimulants.
The sad thing is that the effects of such stimulants are soon to wear off, leaving such a person looking for a better high. We all know where that road leadsProcrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder – Mason Cooley Click To Tweet
3 Emotional Effects
Your physical and mental health will always influence your emotional health. From the culmination of the above effects, you might start getting frustrated and irritated easily.
Of course, the feeling of fear and worry about what not being able to complete the task later might cause starts to creep in. Then, you start to feel guilty for having let yourself and whosoever your postponed tasks affect down.
Throw in a pinch of depression and dose of anger to get the full package. Then comes the envy of others who seem to be getting things done.
I will not come here, tell you what the problem is and just hope that we find a cure someday when it is right at your arm’s length. Make a conscious decision to stop putting off tasks till later. When you remember something that needs be done, get to it.
Before I started writing this piece, my mind already came up with a thousand and one excuses why I would be better off doing other (irrelevant) things. I pushed that thought off, and I could not have been happier. That could be you too.
Should you need a little bit more push, you can take inspiration from this guide on how to set goals and achieve them. I don’t promise you overnight change. Keep to it though and you will be amazed at how much the quality of your life will improve.
What is that thing you have been putting off for long, and how do you aim to conquer the procrastination behind it?