Welcome to the next post of my new blog series. The theme for this series is “Preventing Procrastination and Pursuing Purpose.” The first few posts will address procrastination and how it adversely affects our lives. For instance, procrastination tends to be the enemy of precision, of establishing a schedule with specific tasks at designated times and on set days–not “someday” or”whenever.”
In yesterday’s post, we learned that “procrastination is a barrier, a lack of self-control, an unwillingness to finish what we start, and an inability to fulfill our potential.” This post will address areas in which procrastination is a barrier.
These are areas I can identify as struggles in my own life:
Scheduling and meeting deadlines: As I mentioned, procrastination tends to be a barrier to establishing specific days and times to accomplish tasks. If we keep the “I’ll get to it whenever” mentality, we typically end up being late or missing a deadline altogether. If we don’t write something down and schedule it in as soon as we know about it, we can likewise forget about something important until it’s too late to take care of it.
Better health: Procrastination can be a barrier to better health. The longer we put off changing our lifestyles by eating better, exercising, and cutting out bad, unhealthy habits, the more chance there is that we will open the door to weight gain and health problems related to being overweight and not eating properly. The longer we put off making changes, the more weight we will gain; the longer it will take to lose the excess pounds, and the more strain we put on our bodies.
Better relationships: Procrastination can be a barrier to better relationships. If we put off or neglect to address issues that exist in our relationships with others–spouses, significant others, children, parents, siblings, friends, co-workers, colleagues–what may be a little thing that could be easily addressed at the time, can morph into a huge problem that threatens to damage or destroy the relationship.
More peace of mind: Procrastination can be a barrier to gaining and maintaining peace of mind. For example, every time we put off doing something we know we should do, the more that task and its impending deadline torment us and cause anxiety, frustration, and even physical illness.
These are just a few examples I can think of in my own life that demonstrate how procrastination can be a barrier to better things in our lives. [To be continued!]
“Wisdom is doing now what you are going to be happy with later on.”
— Joyce Meyer
Do you agree that procrastination is a barrier? In what ways do you identify procrastination as a barrier in your life?