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17 Jun 2014

The Perils of Procrastination.

June 17, 2014Health


Everybody thinks they know what procrastination is but there are several definitions in terms of how it affects people. The sad thing is that way too many people identify and associate themselves with this and as it is basically a form of avoiding situations or making decisions.

The best definition of procrastination can be defined as ‘task aversion’. It is the irrationality of the aversion that makes it a problem. One of the main traits of the human race is to pursue ways of bettering ourselves and becoming better off overall. This is positive intent and while the very essence of procrastination would seem to contradict this.

Whatever we achieve, or fail to achieve, isn’t purely down to our own conscious choices. It is often the result of outside factors we aren’t even aware of. Whenever anyone procrastinates there is, at some level of their unconscious thinking, a belief that by taking the intended action you will end up worse off than if you do nothing. There are two ways you can do to turn this negativity into positivity.

Do your really have procrastination?

The first is to discard the attachments and association that you have with procrastination and realise that you are not actually a procrastinator at all. In all honesty we all procrastinate at times but these times should be very much in the minority. We need to redefine procrastination in a way so it empowers and motivates you as opposed to limiting you.

If you are one of those who sees yourself as a chronic procrastinator who was born with this problem then the likelihood is that it is something you will struggle with all your life. If your definition of procrastination is that it’s simply a bad habit and that you will deal with at some point then it’s negatively controlling you and impacting your life.

Procrastination should be defined as a negative tendency and if you choose to put it to one side you will feel empowered to take action rather than avoiding it. Whether you actually can take this action instead of backing away is very much up to you as an individual and how much you really want to change the way you react to having to make a decision. Motivation plays a key part here, both from yourself and others but depends very much on one thing; do you see your procrastination as a problem or not?