Q & A

November 21, 2017

1) Who procrastinates?
In my view, anyone who reaches a point where their tasks, obligations, and to-dos cause them to feel overwhelmed will likely procrastinate. This can mean that they feel they do not have enough time, enough talent, or enough motivation to gmove ahead. So in other words, practically everyone can at
some point procrastinate.

2) Why do people procrastinate?
I believe people procrastinate for many different reasons, often deeply personal ones. Procrastinators may delay their work for fear of embarrassment, judgment, uncertainty, or loss of control. Generally, there is some sort of fear underlying the decision to procrastinate.

3) Why is procrastination a bad habit?
As many of us know, procrastination can function much like an addiction, where the procrastinator starts procrastinating innocently enough, but then finds themselves trapped in a vicious cycle of stress and delay, feeling like there is no way out. Procrastination can lead to losses of all kinds, including in the areas of health, finances, and relationships.

4) How does procrastination affect our health?
When we procrastinate we tend to stay in place. We don’t get the benefit of new experiences and opportunities or the positive feeling of getting something accomplished, learning a new skill, or meeting a new person. In the absence of those kinds of positive experiences, more negative thoughts and self-beliefs tend to take root. We begin to feel bad about ourselves when we don’t show up or behave as we should. When we procrastinate we invite stress to be a daily companion in our lives. Stress is a known danger to our well-being.

5) How does procrastination manifest in most people?
Procrastination can look very different from person to person. I have noticed that procrastination tends to occur when we choose thought and anxiety over action. Overthinking, overanalyzing, overworking, predicting negative or catastrophic outcomes are just some of the ways that procrastination shows up.

6) How are our lives and health improved by overcoming procrastination?
I believe our lives and health are dramatically improved when we learn to overcome procrastination. When we learn to live in conjunction with time instead of behind it, we give ourselves the benefit of having time on our side. We work with sharper focus and purpose. We avoid distraction in order to fulfill our priorities. We engage with others with our full selves instead of feeling like we don’t measure up. The wins keep pouring in once you leave procrastination behind.