Self Development By Mae Davies / May 30, 2014 What is procrastination? Why is overcoming procrastination so important? Procrastination is a very wonderful thing to do while you’re doing it, but it can give you a lot of headaches the moment you need to face its consequences. Procrastination technically means putting off something – a task, a work or a duty which you must do or need to accomplish – but you just don’t feel like doing it right now. When we’re in the habit of always procrastinating, all, if not most, of the aspects of our lives, become greatly affected. That’s why learning how to overcome procrastination is really important; because our work and career, our relationships, our cognitive and psychological experiences, and even the quality of life that we live can be greatly affected if we always procrastinate. So before everything in your life gets messed up, it’s time you need to learn the importance of overcoming procrastination so that you can change this habit once and for all. But why is overcoming procrastination important? Here are some of the reasons: 1. You can beat the deadline Overcoming procrastination is one of the secrets to beating your deadlines. When you need to work on something within a limited time, not procrastinating will warrant that you submit your task, work or report on time. It will also guarantee that whatever work you do is of good quality (and that it’s not just hastily made or just made for the sake of compliance), because you will have more time to work on it. 2. It makes you more productive When you overcome procrastination, you will be more productive, since you’ll be able to do more because you won’t be wasting time. You’ll have more output, increased production, and little to no backlogs. Not procrastinating will allow you to attend to the most important things that need your attention. 3. You’ll make the most of your time When you don’t procrastinate, you’ll not simply become productive; you’ll also make the most out of your time because you’ll be able to maximize your time. Overcoming procrastination will not let you waste time and energy with the unimportant things. Furthermore, it will also test and improve your time management skills and your way of handling things because you’ll learn how to spend your time and your energies wisely. 4. You’ll gain a lot more when not procrastinating According to Stephen Richards, “Habitual procrastinators will readily testify to all the lost opportunities, missed deadlines, failed relationships and even monetary losses incurred just because of one nasty habit of putting things off until it is often too late.” Indeed, we lose a lot when we are in the habit of always procrastinating. Putting things off will makes us miss many things in life. learning how to overcome procrastination will ensure that everything that we have to do is done right – and on time – so we don’t have to miss out on something because we don’t have any backlogs and pending tasks to work on. All that we have to do in the end is to just sit back, relax and enjoy the fruits of our labor. 5. There’s less stress Not procrastinating equals less stress and less worry. Just imagine all the stress that comes with making sure that you need to finish all your backlogs in a very limited time; just because you have been procrastinating for so long. Not fun, eh? That’s why overcoming procrastination is very important. When you don’t procrastinate, you don’t have to freak out – because you have been doing your work or task – and all that needs to be done is to submit it on the deadline. You’ll have less chance of stressing out and worrying whether you’ll make it to the deadline or not because you’ve already done everything that needs to be done. Overcoming procrastination is important, because it will not only curtail an unproductive habit, but it will also improve the way that you handle and live your life. And if you’re really determined to overcome procrastination, always remember this rule: Never put off until tomorrow what you could do today.