I've been procrastinating this last blog all week. I couldn't think of anything fun to do a story about. These story blogs come harder to me than the whatever we want blog. So this week...I'm going to write about exactly what plagues me...procrastination.
According to dictionary.com, procrastinate is defined as putting off something until a later time. I think mostly ummm....everyone! has done this. If you haven't you must be some kind of person with more energy than a group of three year olds.
What are the reasons for procrastinating? Well, according to effective-time-management-strategies.com, there are many reasons. From avoiding unpleasant tasks, to perfectionism. Some people are addicted to the last minute adrenaline rush they receive from procrastinating. Others, have a fear of change or lack confidence and think they'll do it wrong. There are all kinds of other reasons. My favorite- being tired!
Unfortunately, procrastination can cause health problems such as depression and stress(click here for more.) Procrastination and depression can go hand in hand with one another. Often times, the stress from procrastinating gets so bad that one's body is effected. Procrastinating can also lead to financial problems. If you don't want to pay your bills now, you'll do it later. Or so you tell yourself, then you pay it late and you have a reconnection fee to pay, or you hut your credit a little bit. PLEASE keep in mind that this isn't everyday procrastination that this is stemming from. This is chronic procrastination.
There are a lot of websites dedicated to helping people with their problem of procrastination. There are also many books out there to help. It can be a big deal. One of the most interesting sites I found is http://www.stopprocrastinating.net/. It has a 21 day procrastinating challenge. Now, who knows if this really works, but it looks enticing. Again, effective-time-management-strategies.com has a lot of tools to help overcome this problem.
I'm going to look into ways to curb my procrastination, because this year, I'm bringing a better me out into the world. Hopefully I don't say I'll do it tomorrow everyday, and all that good stuff ;)