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Procrastination-a lethal disease for career

“Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.”-Mason Cooley

Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing a task or set of tasks. For centuries, Human beings have been procrastinating. In simple words, it is a situation when we have lack of self-control. Delaying your work for one day is fine but if it is becoming a habit then you have to take this problem on serious note because it a disease that is going to eat away your productivity.

Generally students are procrastinate their studies throughout the whole semesters and at last they have to face  failure in examination .In short, Students who procrastinate until the last minute tend to do much worse on assignments, class test and other activities , than their peers who started earlier. They often in trap of frustration, guilt, and higher levels of anxiety. This can lead to low self-esteem and even depression etc.

On the contrary, the journey of procrastinating not only  affect scholars but also professionals. At workplace procrastinators are more likely to be on lower salaries or be unemployed. There are various effects of procrastinating in the workplace. These are:-

Putting the work load on others and creates bitterness: If someone waits until the last minute (or waits until it’s too late), the burden of their responsibilities can fall on someone else’s shoulders, this can give rise to have  bitter relationships between co-workers.

More anxiety: A procrastinator will likely become anxious as a deadline looms closer. Even if that doesn’t happen, putting off work will likely make others nervous that the job won’t get done.

Things don’t get done: If an employee has a knack for getting things in just before deadline, one day he won’t. Then, timelines get pushed him back and hamper the productivity.

There  are several signs that indicate employees could be procrastinating.

Excessive excuses as to why things aren’t getting done. Excuses can save an employee only once but not always.

More breaks and nonworking activities including socializing with co-workers more than usual, excessive web surfing, or longer lunches, frequent breaks from work will surely support you to procrastinate your work.

Attitude (from positive to negative)optimistic person will never delay his work because he can plan and prioritize his work .On the other side , person with lots of negativity tend to devote his more time to gossiping , backbiting and other useless activities rather than meeting the deadlines of work or  performing the task.

Delay in work /tasks can adds lot of problems to one’s life ,it can disturb someone mentally. There is possibility to an individual to become lethargic. Also,it often leading to feelings of guilt,inadequency and self-doubt if you are unable to meet deadlines of your work.

 

As every problem has solution, in the same manner there are many ways to cope up with the problem of procrastination. First and foremost,one need to adopt self-defeating behaviour and reward oneself  in case of  achievement of task on time .Thoughts of failure in mind before doing something can be the big hurdle in the way of success.So, think about Success always not of failure.Secondly,self analysis is required to note when and where you procrastinate.

Moreover, this kind of behaviour can be controlled by making strategies or plans, breaking the tasks into small ones, prioritizing of work and set deadlines. Placing reminders around you will help those with weak memory. Last but not least, the factor of relaxation cannot be ignored, Relax your mind while doing any task .Take breaks (short breaks i.e. 2–3 or maximum 5 mins).

 

Overall, procrastination is not a problem of a single person it is a common problem for all .The journey of becoming student to a professional  is affected a lot by this critical disease .To deal with this problem you just need to be out of your comfortable zone.

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