Why You Shouldn’t Procrastinate

Ansley Berry and Hailee Attaway

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Procrastination is an easy thing to find yourself doing, but it is never a good thing to be involved with. To procrastinate is to delay or postpone an action; for example, when you get home from school and you do other things and not your homework; instead you wait until ten minutes before class to try and complete the homework. While it could be considered “fun” to procrastinate, it is doing some damage to your body, physically and mentally. It also interferes with your everyday life, such as your career and within relationships.

Physically, procrastinating can cause you to be restless, have sleep difficulties, high blood-pressure, nausea, tension in your muscles, and headaches. Mentally, it causes you to be self-critical, to have low self-esteem, obsessive thinking, rebelliousness, and it can effect your emotions as well. If you have procrastinated before, you have probably experienced emotional effects such as: frustration, irritability, anxiety, worry, anger, and possibly depression.

In your career, procrastination is never a good thing because it leads to reduced effectiveness in decision-making, reduced contribution to teamwork, increase the likelihood of accidents, make mistakes, outbursts and burn-outs. Within your relationships between your family, friends and partner, it can provoke the relationship to become fraught and tense, with nagging, blaming and accusations. People who procrastinate may be so occupied that they isolate themselves, thus making them less aware of others, making them come off as less loving and giving.

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