How Is Procrastination A Positive Form Of Coping?
- Michael Davis
Mimagephotography/Shutterstock was the original photo source. You glance at the clock and see: It’s 4:30 P.M. Your workday is almost over, but the items on your to-do list are not even close to being finished. You stare at it in disbelief as you come to the realization that there are things that have been on it for weeks, but that you have continued to place a lower priority on them.
- You let out a breath.
- Once again, you have allowed procrastination to get the better of you.
- Or doesn’t it? We are all aware that procrastination may become a foe if it prevents us from doing what it is that we want to do.
- However, this is not the case the vast majority of the time.
- It’s possible that putting things off till later will make you more productive and ultimately happier.
This is why: You will complete more tasks if you procrastinate in an active manner. You run the risk of not completing whatever it is that you are putting off because you are delaying. But if you’re someone who often puts things off, the rest of the items on your to-do list are probably crossing off quite rapidly.
- And once you’ve finished everything else on your list of things to do, the only thing that will be left to do is the one thing you were putting off in the first place, and at that point, you won’t have any other option but to get started on it.
- (Now, if you’re sitting on your couch doing nothing, then you’re a passive procrastinator, and it really is time for you to get up and do something!!) When you procrastinate, you get rid of duties that aren’t really important.
If you put off doing a task for a long period of time, you could eventually look at it and realize that you have no idea why it is even on your to-do list. This is a chance for you to reconsider whether or not it is still vital that you carry out the action.
- If you’ve put off dealing with it for a long time, it’s possible that you’ve reached a point where it’s no longer important or relevant to you.
- The act of procrastinating might help you identify the things that are most important to you.
- You are less likely to put off doing activities that you enjoy doing or that are important to you to the point of procrastination.
If there’s something you’re having trouble accomplishing, the first thing you should do is ask yourself why you’re trying to accomplish it in the first place. Purpose and passion will either assist you in conquering any obstacle posed by procrastination or bring to your attention the fact that you are postponing because you are focusing your efforts on the wrong thing.
You will come up with better ideas if you put things off. It is human nature to put things off until later when faced with a challenging endeavor, especially if the work at hand is substantial and significant. What you might not understand is that even when you are not actively working on that job, your mind is still collecting thoughts and processing things to get you ready for it, even if you are not consciously aware of this activity.
That means that when the time comes for you to really sit down and begin to work on it, you’ll have a lot more ideas floating around in your brain about how to approach it. You are able to improve your decision-making skills by putting things off. Sometimes you put off making a choice because you aren’t completely certain which option is the best one for you to go with.
Both your rational mind and your intuitive mind are giving you conflicting information, and you are having trouble deciding which one to listen to – or even who is giving you which information! When you’re in this situation, procrastination might be your salvation since it allows you to avoid diving headfirst into something that you know might not be good for you.
It buys you time so that you may consider all of your alternatives and weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each one. As soon as the time limit approaches, you will be prepared to make a decision since you have conducted the necessary study. The longer you wait, the more thoughtful and sincere your apology will be.
- It is best to wait some time before apologizing to someone, both for the wrongdoing that you have committed and the anger that you have caused in the other person.
- This makes it easier for you to formulate a genuine apology that not only elucidates the extent of your remorse and the lessons you’ve learned but also provides an explanation for why the error occurred.
It also allows the other person time to consider how this situation has affected them, which enables them to relay this information to you in a more effective and composed manner. It is about time that we came to the realization that procrastination is not always the enemy, particularly when it takes the form of active procrastination.
Sometimes your mind and intuition are attempting to warn you that you shouldn’t be doing something; other times, they are trying to advise you to digest something before making a hasty choice. This is when procrastination occurs. Accept the fact that you are a chronic procrastinator if you are like me and do so.
Accept it so that you may get more done in the time you have. Accept it so that you may begin to pay attention to what it is that your intuition is attempting to tell you. Accept it so that you may start doing the things that are most important to you so that you can move forward.
What are positive effects of procrastination?
4. Putting things off till later might be beneficial to your capacity to prioritize – It stands to reason that improving one’s ability to prioritize tasks would be one of the benefits of engaging in procrastination. And as we all know, proper prioritizing is important in getting rid of pointless projects that you could have started that are not worth the time that you are investing in them.
Is procrastination good for mental health?
Effects of Procrastination Psychological studies frequently link procrastination to diminished mental health, increased levels of stress, and decreased levels of well-being. A person’s life can be negatively impacted in a variety of ways if they continue to put things off and procrastinate, including the following:
- Poor academic achievement, whether it is in school or at employment.
- Problems with one’s finances as a direct result of putting off crucial obligations
- Anxiety, guilt, or shameful thoughts and feelings
- Poor physical health, which can be caused by often avoiding exercise or nutrition
Procrastinators are frequently aware that their conduct is counterproductive, yet resolving procrastination is not always as simple as “just doing it.” Before you can eliminate procrastination completely, you might find it helpful to examine your mental health and do some in-depth soul searching.
What is the reason behind procrastination?
If you’re reading this article instead of tackling one of the many projects you meant to do during the pandemic, or before starting the report that’s due tomorrow at work, or as an alternative to changing the oil in your car that’s been sitting for a year, there’s no need to feel guilty about it: If you’re reading this article instead of tackling one of the many projects you meant to do during the pandemic You are among friends, and this is a secure environment for procrastinators like you.
- Joseph Ferrari, a professor of psychology at DePaul University in Chicago and the author of ” Still Procrastinating? : The No Regrets Guide to Getting It Done “, has discovered that around twenty percent of individuals are considered to be chronic procrastinators.
- “This ranking is greater than that of anxiety disorders, phobias, panic attacks, and alcoholism combined.
However, each of those is still regarded to be acceptable “he stated. “We attempt to make light of this propensity, but the fact is that this is not a humorous subject.” While Ferrari was talking, his wife stepped in to explain that she, too, is a procrastinator.
This took place while Ferrari and his wife were driving. Her inclinations were helpful in rekindling her husband’s enthusiasm in study. He claims to have a 107-page resume because he gets things done, despite the fact that he doesn’t procrastinate himself, but he has created a profession around the ability to comprehend others who do.
His research revealed, among other things, that chronic procrastination does not care about a person’s gender, color, or age; it may affect any of us. According to him, “Everyone procrastinates, but not everyone is a procrastinator.” [Citation needed] And contrary to the widespread perception, putting things off until later has little to do with being lazy.
- He said that it is not as simple as a matter of scheduling one’s activities better.
- The situation is far more intricate than that.
- In order to gain an understanding of what causes procrastination (outside of conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, where issues with executive functioning might interfere with the completion of tasks), it is important to have a clear understanding of what procrastination is and is not.
Different from putting off a task because you need to speak to someone who is unavailable or because you haven’t gotten around to reading a literary classic like “Moby Dick,” procrastination is when you put off doing anything until a later time. Procrastination is defined as “the intentional, unneeded postponement of an essential activity, even knowing you’ll be worse off for doing so,” according to Fuschia Sirois, a professor of psychology at the University of Sheffield in England.
According to Sirois, on the surface, procrastination appears to be an irrational behavior: “Why would someone wait until the very last minute to complete a task, knowing that they will then be frazzled beyond belief and likely perform the task in a subpar or suboptimal manner as a result of their stress? And thereafter, they have regrets about it, and it may even have repercussions for other people.” She said that this was due to a lack of capacity to self-regulate one’s emotions, specifically an inability to control one’s unpleasant feelings in relation to a certain activity.
She mentioned that in general, we don’t put off doing fun activities till the last minute. The jobs that we put off because we find them “difficult, unpleasant, aversive, or just plain dull or stressful” are the ones that lead to procrastination. It’s always best to avoid an activity if it feels particularly overwhelming or causes a substantial amount of worry if you can help it.
- According to Sirois, another reason individuals put things off is because they have a low opinion of themselves.
- It’s possible that one would think something along the lines of “I’ll never be able to do this correctly” or “What would my supervisor think of me if I make a mistake?” Ferrari has a theory that there are three different kinds of people that procrastinate: There are two types of people who engage in procrastination: thrill-seekers and avoiders.
Thrill-seekers procrastinate because they enjoy the adrenaline rush they get from putting off tasks until the last minute and believe they work best under pressure. Avoiders procrastinate because they want to avoid being judged for how well they perform and those who are unable to make critical or stressful judgments, frequently because they are brooding over multiple different options.