The Negative Effects Of Procrastination

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The Greek poet, Hesiod, once said not to “put your work off till tomorrow and the day after (Jaffe, 2013).” According to the Cambridge dictionary, procrastination is the putting off of something important. When one first sees Hesiod’s quote, it sounds as if it is just one of those phrases that have been repeated so much that it has lost virtually all meaning. Hesiod’s quote reveals that procrastination has been around for a really long time, and since early times, people have tried to warn against it. De Paul professor, Joseph Ferrari discovered that up to 20% of people are chronic procrastinators(Jaffe,2013). That is not including the rest of the population that fall between occasional procrastinator and the procrastinator that does it just to see what they can get away with. There are many causes that can lead to procrastination, which is a hint as to why it is such a big issue. The result of those causes is procrastination, which is not without consequence. Procrastination can lead to a decline in one’s mental and physical health, mental stability, and emotional well-being. However, along with those negative effects, there are ways to combat procrastination. A few reasons that some might procrastinate is that they are in a “perfectionist mindset,” or they have a lot of self-doubt (Garcy, 2015). A perfectionist might get so caught up in having to have everything right about a task that they completely psyche themselves out with just preparation. That would then lead to the feeling that it is too much to handle when in actuality, it is not a hard task at all. Instead of building up to where they need to be, they try to jump up there and when they fail, they give up or procrastinate. If one already does not have much self-confid... ... middle of paper ... ...could have time to do something else before another task comes up or they could work on getting ahead. Thinking about the later satisfaction of knowing they did the best you could, and gave enough time to do the best one could do would make them feel better about doing the next task on time. They could be more excited about what they are having to do, even if they have to search for one small thing to enjoy about it. They could see the task as necessary to move onto the next thing as well. Procrastination has been around a long time, and there is no denying that every person is guilty of it. There are so many things that could lead to procrastination, but there are too many negative externalities that are detrimental to one’s happiness. Procrastination is a problem that must be worked on, day by day, so one day everyone can happily turn their best work in, on time.
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