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Harmful Effects of Procrastination

Updated on August 10, 2011
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Have you ever been assigned a task that you did not work on immediately? Have you ever set work aside thinking that you can do it as effectively tomorrow? Well if your answer is “yes” then you have procrastinated once or twice in your life. Procrastination is the process of putting off doing something and setting it at a later date eventually prolonging the completion of a needed task or work. Procrastination is usually done by people who are habitually lazy or are careless in their work. Despite what other people say, there are no real advantages in procrastination. Procrastination may harm people in three specific ways.

Procrastination has always been associated with the death of opportunity. Whether you are still a student or already working; doing your homework or work tasks immediately will give you more opportunities to get ahead in life. Completing your work tasks properly and on time will give you a reputation of being a dependable worker which may eventually give you that promotion that you are eagerly awaiting for. On the other hand, turning in late reports will give your bosses indications of how lazy a worker you really are. When you habitually procrastinate at work, you might see yourself being passed off for promotions assuming that you do not lose your job first.

There are a lot of people who procrastinate when it comes to improving their health. There are a number of people who start the year with a resolution of going to the gym to become healthier but end up procrastinating about actually visiting one and signing up for a gym membership. Worse than this, there are a number of people who feel something wrong with their health only to procrastinate about going to the doctor to have them checked out. They often regret their decisions once they learned that their cancer could have been prevented had it been diagnosed earlier.

Once a person becomes habitual in his or her procrastination, he or she will start to put off doing even the simplest of tasks such as calling a loved one or meeting that loved one for lunch. A habitual procrastinator will usually promise to do something to friends, relatives and even to his or her loved ones and may end up not only delaying the completion of the promise; but end up forgetting the promise all together. People who you are in relationships with will end up thinking that you are undependable and may eventually take you for granted.

If you feel that you are a habitual procrastinator, do something about it now. Do not wait until it is too late for you.


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    • Syed Awn Muhammad profile image

      Syed Awn Muhammad 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for appreciation.

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      Taleb AlDris 6 years ago

      Yes, you are right.

      I voted "Useful"

    • danielleantosz profile image

      danielleantosz 6 years ago from Florida

      so true!