You might have something you need to do today but you decide to put it off until tomorrow. No problem, you’ll just do it tomorrow when you have time. That is the exact problem with procrastination: tomorrow is never actually when the task is done. It will take weeks or a looming deadline before any progress is made on that task.
Sometimes, the task is just lost in the shuffle and it becomes one of the many things you planned to do but forgot about over time. Procrastination is not your friend, but this article is, and that’s why it has information to show you the importance of not putting things off.
Procrastination Reduces Motivation
Motivation can be a fleeting thing. Having it today doesn’t mean you’ll have it tomorrow. You certainly might not have the same amount you have now in a few hours. The best way to ensure that you produce your best work on a task is to attempt it now. Putting it off until, say, next week will only lead to you wanting to do it less and less, which can, in turn, lead to the activity not being done at all.
Procrastination is Bad for Quality
The longer you postpone, it’s likely that the quality of work you eventually produce will be worse. That’s because maybe you’ll be in a rush when you eventually do it or, as cited above, your motivation and inspiration would have diminished. Doing something when you still have the time and motivation, even not much ensures that what you do reflects your true abilities when you’re not under pressure.
Procrastination is a Thief of Time
Yes, it’s a cliché, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Most of the time when people put things off, they end up doing unproductive things. This might lead to temporary enjoyment, as in the case of not doing an assignment so as to watch Netflix, for example. In the long term, though, it only results in regret – and most likely lots of rushing. Do your assignment or anything else you need to do now so that you produce your best work. If you have a bit of time to spare after, you can watch that Netflix episode without guilt.
Procrastination Leads to Missed Opportunities
If you do your work with enough time on your hands, you raise your chances of doing it well. Maybe that can lead to a promotion. Doing your schoolwork with adequate time can lead to good grades, which you can result in an internship or a job offer. Doing those without enough time might result in a rushed and shoddy job, which won’t be a true reflection of what you’re capable of. Because of that, you might not receive the opportunities you rightly deserve.
Procrastination can have many negative consequences you might not immediately recognize. It’s best for you to tackle tasks when you have the time so that you revise them if you need to. Not only will you produce work that shows your true capabilities and potential, but you’ll also thank yourself for the peace of mind and relaxation you’ll eventually afford.