You procrastinate. I procrastinate. Even the most successful of people fall victim to procrastination from time to time.
Even though we wish we could focus on things 100% of the time, procrastination is normal and something that everyone has to overcome if they wish to achieve great things…or you know, get anything done. Whether it’s writing that paper, pounding out 1500 words to meet your goals for the day, or sticking to a gym routine for more than 3 days, procrastination is everywhere just waiting to pounce.
It’s up to you to decide to overcome it’s temptations against you.
So even if you’re not alone in your procrastination, there’s still a lot to learn from it. Here are a few facts that you probably didn’t know about that sudden urges to binge watch an entire season of that new show on Netflix:
- According to some researchers, procrastination has more than quadrupled in the last 30 years. There is, at this point in time, no known reason as to the cause of this upward trend.
- Procrastination is often viewed as a lifestyle (whether by choice or not) largely because the behaviors take over all aspects of the individual’s life. Put simply, procrastinators do not usually notice any negative consequences of performing tasks at the last minute and this is likely why they continue to keep up their procrastination habits
- It’s a common misconception that procrastination is due to a problem with managing time, when in fact, it’s a much more complex issue. People who procrastinate don’t do it because they underestimate how long a task will take. Instead, they are overly optimistic about their ability to get the job done.
- Procrastination has been linked to higher levels of consumption of alcohol among those people who drink.
- 1 out of 5 people admit that their procrastination has gotten so out of hand that they have jeopardized their jobs, credit, relationships, and even their health.
- Research has shown that procrastinators often have a weakened immune system, meaning that they are more prone to develop gastrointestinal problems and suffer from colds as well as flu more frequently. Additionally, procrastinators are more likely to experience sleep disorders such as insomnia.
- There are 3 different varieties of procrastination: 1. Arousal type, who wait until the last minute to complete something for the euphoric rush. 2. Avoiders, who may be avoiding fear of failure or even fear of sucess. And 3. Decisional type, who find it highly difficult to make a decision.