May Do-Over: Dangers of Procrastination

Other obligations kept me away yesterday, but now I’m back to continue reviewing my series on procrastination, priorities, and purpose based on the original posts from last August. For what would have been yesterday’s post, the focus is on this concept:

We expose ourselves to various dangers 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.

 

-by Robert Tew

For instance, consider how feelings of anxiety, fear, and worry may lead to physical illness if the situation goes on for too long–such as in the following scenarios:

*An unfinished task seems to assume a life of its own and grow larger than it actually is, until we feel overwhelmed.

*A task or obligation we continue to neglect or put off stirs up fear and anxiety disproportionate to the actual task or obligation.

*Doubt and uncertainty result in no clear plan of action, so little to nothing gets done.

*Ongoing issues with procrastination inevitably lead to running late for everything, indicating an established stronghold or repetitive behavior pattern.

*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.

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Potential solutions, respectively, to the above scenarios?

*Do one thing at a time, as soon as reasonably possible.

*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.

*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.

*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“).

*Consciously guard against a spirit of laziness and strive to get rid of procrastination.

 

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?

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5 comments to “May Do-Over: Dangers of Procrastination”

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  1. Salma - May 10, 2014 Reply

    Procrastination can definitely make the task harder, these are great tips, thanks!

  2. Sophie Bowns - May 10, 2014 Reply

    Ah; I really enjoyed reading this as some of your points to apply to me! :S
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  3. Edie Dykeman - May 10, 2014 Reply

    Procrastination has been the bane of my existence for far to long. Fear and other stuff likes to get in there as well. I like your potential solutions – need to post them somewhere to see every day. Good post.
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  4. Jenna I - May 10, 2014 Reply

    I really think you’re onto something about doing one thing at a time. I multitask too much and I think it facilitates my procrastination. My mom always said “do one thing well or do two things poorly.”

    Multitasking is the biggest myth of the last two decades. It is NOT possible to multitask and perform at the same quality; numerous studies have shown this.

  5. Misty Spears - May 14, 2014 Reply

    Loving the series, thanks so much for bringing it up for discussion. I’m definitely guilty of procrastination and probably have been in just about all of those situations at one point in my life. I’ve been making great strides in improving it though simply by keeping myself more organized and focused and making sure I don’t put anything off forever.
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