The Negative Effects Of Procrastination

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Procrastinators delay until the day after tomorrow what they know should have been done the day before yesterday. Existing as something that most people have experienced in their life, it has evidence throughout history as a problem to man and still persists to remain that way. In Why Wait? The Science Behind Procrastination, Eric Jaffe explains that procrastination is not something that is only hateful, but it is also harmful (Jaffe). Many people who habitually procrastinate miss out on desired opportunities, ending up regretting procrastinating in the first place. Procrastination is a problem because it produces more negative effects than positive for those who do it on a regular basis, causing high levels of stress and anxiety. In my life, …show more content…
There are several indicators that point out if a person is a procrastinator: Filling up time with unimportant tasks instead of doing what is priority, doing the easy things on a to-do-list, and waiting for oneself to get in the right mood or state of mind before getting started on a job are all facts that point out if an individual is a procrastinator. In “Avoiding-Procrastination.” The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning explains that a common argument procrastinators tend to make is that they work better under pressure. Most people who believe that they work better under pressure have never actually taken the time to organize a task.(Avoiding Procrastination). In reality, this argument is weak because they cannot make a comparison under the circumstances of when they work best because they have not experienced organizing a task in the first place. They end up buying into the belief that the rush of adrenaline that drives them to finish their task is actually inspiration. Identifying that procrastination is existent in one’s life is the first step an individual must take to solve the problem that is …show more content…
Mark Goulston states in Get out of Your Own Way at Work--and Help Others Do the Same: Conquer Self-defeating Behavior on the Job. “When you feel overwhelmed, you become paralyzed” (Goulston). When it feels like there is too much information to handle, or one does not know how to resolve an issue, procrastination sometimes kicks in. Many claim that they procrastinate due to sole laziness, but that cannot be a problem because people work hard and intensely right before their deadlines and that is not being lazy. People must understand the reasons why they procrastinate if they want to overcome

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