You’ve been there, I’ve been there, cramming the night before a big test trying to get familiar enough with the information just to pass the test. Why do we do it? Because we procrastinate and why do we procrastinate? Because there is something else we would rather be doing.
Some people are more prone to procrastination than others and not all procrastination is bad. But when it interferes with work, family or your social life it could be a problem. We all need stress to keep us going but too much of the wrong stress can lead to serious health issues. If you procrastinate a lot it can lead to missed deadlines and not having enough time in a day (week) to get important tasks taken care of. Negative consequences will begin to affect your happiness – thus procrastination could lead to the death of happiness.
Getting the most out of your day should be a major concern. You don’t want to get into a bad habit of reflecting on everything that you did not get done, instead you want to reflect on how much you accomplished and feel good about it. It is difficult to know which tasks take the most priority therefore, you need to define your priorities by setting goals.
Living a positive thinking life doesn’t mean you won’t procrastinate from time to time. But letting it rob you of your happiness is unacceptable and avoidable. If you have things that are on your list that you don’t find much pleasure in doing and they need to get done then start your day by doing them first. Get the less desirable things done first and then move to the things that bring you much more satisfaction. That way, when you end the day you feel good about all that you have accomplished. By making this one small change you can end your day on a positive note.