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The Obvious Benefits of Overcoming Procrastination

The bad habit called procrastination

Do you ever put off doing tasks that you really should do right away? Do you find yourself playing solitaire when you should be writing a report? Or chatting at the water cooler instead of getting down to business on those first quarter results? If you do, you’re not alone.

This bad habit is called procrastination. Say you’re a financial analyst for an insurance company. And you’re supposed to fact- check the organization’s financial results before they’re published in two days’ time. You know that to get it done right, you’ll need to work on it most of today and tomorrow. But you’re a serial procrastinator.

Things don’t get done when they should

So, you convince yourself that it would be better to start tomorrow morning when you’re fresh, and you relax by going for coffee with a coworker. You likely already know that your behavior will have consequences. The results won’t be ready on time and you may find yourself in deep trouble because of it. That’s the most obvious consequence.

When you waste time, things don’t get done when they should. But there are other consequences, too. You’re probably often stressed and anxious, and your colleagues probably get frustrated with you. And the constant delays in your output cause problems for your company, too.

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