Do you want to save time and lower stress? That’s exactly what you will do if you learn and consistently apply the strategies to overcoming procrastination outlined below.
Like most people, I have struggled with wasting time and creating self-induced stress by waiting until the last minute to get things done. I can often remember telling myself, “This is the last time I’m going to put something off until the last minute,” only to do the same thing a short time later.
Sometimes when we’re stressed because of everything we have to do, it’s because we’re not actually doing it. Procrastination often triggers worry and anxiety, sleeplessness, irritability, frustration, poor eating habits and many other unpleasant outcomes. Timothy A. Pychyl, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, studied 374 undergraduate students and discovered that subjects who put off completing homework were more likely to eat poorly, sleep less and drink more compared to subjects who got their homework done early. We know from years of scientific research that stress compromises the immune system. Based on his research, Dr Pychyl concludes that “procrastination is a stressor,” which means it can literally make you sick.
Many of my coaching clients ask how they can overcome procrastination because they realize it not only creates unnecessary stress, but it is also a huge time waster and can cost money if you incur late fees, interest and penalties on your bills. One client recently told me that he gets so stressed by putting things off that he has to look for ways to calm himself down. His favorite coping strategy is surfing the internet and playing time-wasting games, both of which ultimately help to create even more stress.
Why Do We Procrastinate?
There are a number of contributing factors that influence