I'll do it later...by Sheila Brown

“If you choose to not deal with an issue,

then you give up your right of control over the issue

and it will select the path of least resistance.”

Susan Del Gatto

 

Procrastination.  We all do it at some point or another. Procrastination can contribute to feeling stressed, overwhelmed and feeling way out of control of our lives.  So what is procrastination, and why do some people procrastinate every chance they get?

 

Procrastination is when you put off doing for a later time what needs to be done now, with another activity that is more pleasurable and rewarding.  People procrastinate over innocuous things, such as getting a sink full of dirty dishes clean or exercising, to less innocuous concerns such as writing that report due for school, paying bills on time, or getting an important medical test performed.  So while writing that masters thesis, you may feel the urge to organize your silverware drawer.  While paying bills online, you instead find yourself checking Facebook to see if anyone has commented on that new cute photo of your dog that you posted last night.  In New York, there are a multitude of activities for a procrastinator to choose from.

 

Procrastination makes us feel better in the present time.  It gratifies our need to feel pleasure in the moment and ousts unpleasant feelings to a later time.  However, we do more than just relegate unpleasant feelings to a later time.  What happens is that we unintentionally multiply unpleasant feelings, creating anxiety, stress and an overwhelming feeling of wanting to scream.  Procrastination can cause havoc with your mental health and your life.  But, the good news is it can be managed!

 

If you want to learn to manage your time and activities in a less stressful and more effective way, give us a call.  Don’t procrastinate!! 

 

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