We all have things that need to be done.
Due tomorrow, due today, due in the next hour.
But our instant gratification monkey wants us to have fun now. To do the easier things like browse Facebook, Instagram or just watch a stupid amount of YouTube Videos.
But fear not, it is not the internet that concocted procrastination but it was actually recognised from Greek poet Hesiod from 700B.c.
He saw this behaviour in his people and said “do not put your work off till to-morrow and the day after; for a sluggish worker does not fill his barn, nor one who puts off his work“.
Ultimately, we are able to come to the conclusion that this has been a century-long problem that hasn’t been addressed. Doesn’t this mean that it’s not a big enough issue to deal with?
Wrong. Let’s first take a look at the physical side effects:
Scientific research suggests that procrastination may actually cause more distress to the individual, simultaneously providing lower well-being.
Furthermore, webmd has conducted a study on 374 undergraduates and found that students that were more likely to “put things off were more likely to eat poorly, sleep less and drink more than students who did their homework promptly”.
Appealing to the more generalised nature, we all know that stress is bad and compromises the immune system. And what behaviour ultimately becomes a stressor? Procrastination.
Under more serious circumstances, past studies by Sirois brought up the idea of chronic procrastinators – those who “avoid taking care of themselves as much as they should” and could be the people who avoid going to the doctor or delaying their eating time. This unsurprisingly, leaves the person susceptible to a plethora of illnesses. Undoubtedly, many of us will not ever reach this stage of procratination but those who have fallen victim to this century-old illness – you have my condolences.
Secondly, moving on to the mental health side of things:
A common excuse you may hear from a procrastinater is that it doesn’t matter when it gets done, as long as it gets done.
Perhaps you’ve been used this excuse yourself as an attempt to make yourself feel less guilty.
Fortunately, Lifehack has identified 8 ways in why you should not let yourself fall into this self-sacrificing cycle:
1. You are losing precious time
2. You will blow precious opportunities
3. You’re not meeting your goals
4. You could ruin your career
5. You’re potentially lowering your self-esteem
6. You’ll make poor decisions
7. You will damage your reputation
8. You will risk your health
All in all, it’s clear to say that ironically, this procrastination has gone on for too long.
Do not make excuses for yourself – you and your colleagues deserves your best and you owe it to yourself to make it right physically and mentally by you.