Do any of these statements sound familiar?
- "Oh, I have plenty of time to get this done. I don't have to start it right now."
- "I'll get a good night sleep and then wake up early tomorrow, refreshed and ready to go!"
- "I'll check email, Facebook and Twitter and then really charge through it."
- "I'll do a better job if I can tidy up a little first. And I can really clear my mind by cleaning out my closet so I can concentrate better when I'm done."
If one of them is, welcome to the club! What's funny is that if we actually schedule all those things we said we would do "tomorrow", there just wouldn't be enough time in one day to get them all done.
While there are different ways to procrastinate, one thing is certain, it never does any of us any good. "For whatever reason you procrastinate, the results are the same," says psychotherapist and life coach Antoinette Giacobbe. "It's likely that you'll end up feeling stressed, guilty, depressed, inadequate and unproductive."
And that's just the start of the vicious cycle. You may be disappointing both yourself and others and that could lead to even more stress and anxiety. Is all this negativity worth it? Isn't it easier to just get something done? Well, in many cases, that's easier said than done. But you can take steps to break the cycle.
Listen to this audio and learn how to overcome procrastination. (And at the risk of nagging, do it now. You'll thank yourself later!)