Procrastination Can Be Negatively Impacting Your Health

April 22, 2016

11:59 am

We all get hit with a little procrastination every once in a while. But now, science has finally caught up with the phenomenon of procrastination, and bad news – it’s getting deadlier for you to engage in. In research settings, people who procrastinated had higher levels of stress and lower well-being. In the real world, the undesired delay is often associated with inadequate retirement savings and missed medical visits.

Psychological researchers are now seeing that there’s more at play that just people putting off tasks they don’t want to do. Procrastination also highlights a failure to self-regulate or lacking the “voluntary delay of some important task that we intend to do, despite knowing that we’ll suffer as a result” as experts call it.

So what does that mean? Although everyone has experience with procrastinating a task or two, being a chronic procrastinator could have a drastic impact on your health. That is: those that put off tasks to the point at which their schedules are disarrayed – it comes down to a clear gap between intention and action. There’s a difference between the kind of procrastinator that one may be – they’re chronic versus situational procrastinators, for example- but each has the vulnerability of failing to put action behind their intended tasks. Procrastination can cause a disconnect between other subconscious functions, like learning to correct behavior and avoiding similar problems in the future.

Although there’s plenty of theories that surround why certain people procrastinate, there’s also plenty of information available to educate you on tactics and strategies that may help you overcome procrastination. It doesn’t have to have a negative effect on your health and your well-being – taking action today towards getting your tasks done and working towards your long-term goals is one surefire way to kick procrastination down once and for all.

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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to cameron@tech.co or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.

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