Procrastination – Is it a Disease or Just Bad Habit?

What is procrastination?

Procrastination, or habitual hesitation is known to people from the ancient times. Most people procrastinate from time to time, and most of the time it’s not harmful. Putting off doing this or that for a few minutes or a couple of days is not generally harmful.

However, procrastination can also create a huge problems for many people who keep meaning to start something and never do it. A considerable number of people have this ” I will start doing this tomorrow” problem, they have chronic procrastination that seriously affect their lives.

I, the writer have been a victim of procrastination several times. But the one time I will remember for ever was when I missed sitting for a very important examination. I was on working assignment in Australia with Shell Australia, at Clyde Refinery.
I applied to the Australian Welding Institute (AWI), to sit for the AWI Welding Inspector Examination, my request was approved and I was to undertake the examination after a few days.
But unfortunately procrastination robbed me of this big chance in my career. Just by putting off opening the letter box made me to miss the date of the examination.

It is therefore obvious that procrastination is not just hateful, it is downright harmful.

According to the research carried out by the experts, people who procrastinate have higher levels of stress and lower well being.
In the real world delay is associated with missed opportunities and, for example missed medical visits. Also think of people who cost themselves hundreds of dollars by rushing to prepare income taxes documents when the deadline given is just expiring.

Experts say that there is far more to procrastination than simply putting something off until tomorrow. True procrastination is a complicated failure of self regulation, defined as the voluntary delay of some important task that we intend to despite knowing that we shall suffer as a result.

Has it anything to do with time management. Having mentioned the bad side of procrastination, can it also be a helpful habit? Procrastinators often say it doesn’t matter when a task gets done, so long as it is eventually finished.

If progress on a task can take many forms, procrastination is the absence of progress – it conflates proactive behavior like pondering, prioritizing, with the detrimental self defeating habit of genuine procrastination.

How can we overcome this habit

Because it is all about self deception, your motto should be “I will do it” , avoid “I will do it later”. Use your implementation intention take the form  “if, then” – if the phone rings, I will answer it. Use your implementation intention to keep yourself focused. If I have finished this part of the article, then I am going to immediately turn my attention to reading the next part.