Have you ever considered that procrastination can be DANGEROUS?? We actually do expose ourselves to harm when we procrastinate. I’m not necessarily talking about how neglecting or delaying doing something can be bad for our health or place us in the path of danger, although those are worth consideration. I’m referring to things less obvious.
For instance, consider how we feel–the anxiety, fear, and other negative feelings, all of which may lead to physical illness if the situation goes on for too long–such as in the following scenarios–followed by potential solutions to alleviate the related stress:
*SCENARIO: An unfinished task seems to assume a life of its own and grow larger than it actually is, until we feel overwhelmed.
**POTENTIAL SOLUTION: Do one thing at a time, as soon as reasonably possible.
*SCENARIO: A task or obligation we continue to neglect or put off, stirs up fear and anxiety disproportionate to the actual task or obligation.
**POTENTIAL SOLUTION: Stay focused on the task at hand, but if we do get interrupted (let’s face it, life has a way of doing that!), return to the task as soon as we can and complete it.
*SCENARIO: Doubt and uncertainty result in no clear plan of action, so little to nothing gets done.
**POTENTIAL SOLUTION: Make a plan of action (a reasonable “To Do” list) the night before, if possible, or at least first thing in the morning, so we have a solid plan for the day regarding what we need to achieve.
*SCENARIO: Ongoing issues with procrastination inevitably lead to running late for everything, indicating an established stronghold or repetitive behavior pattern.
**POTENTIAL SOLUTION: Get to the root of the problem. Be honest and face the truth (even when it’s painful), stop making excuses, and stop feeling sorry for ourselves (or as Joyce Meyer would say, “You can be pitiful or powerful“).
*SCENARIO: Prolonged procrastination can lead to neglect or laziness, which can have the same effect in our lives as weeds overtaking a garden or a fence breaking down and allowing unwelcome intruders.
**POTENTIAL SOLUTION: Consciously guard against a spirit of laziness and strive to get rid of procrastination.
“Procrastination devours opportunities to live a purposeful life.”
— Joyce Meyer
So what about you?
Can you identify with any of these potentially dangerous or risky scenarios? Do you have others to add?
What kinds of solutions might you implement to overcome these areas of procrastination?