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What is procrastination and why do people do it?

Procrastination is a complex psychological issue. It is marked by avoidant behavior that appears to be about delaying. The appearance is deceptive in that delay is construed as being something positive or a better alternative to doing it now. However, when delaying is clearly not beneficial, is costly, producing a negative outcome for the delayer, or contributes to stress for one’s self or others, it is then, simply avoidance and procrastination.

Why do people procrastinate?

  • It is a temporary emotional fix.
  • When you have negative feelings about what needs to be done you don’t want to do it.
  • Avoiding the task helps you to avoid facing the unpleasant truth.
  • Avoiding the task helps you to avoid facing the consequences of your past actions.
  • Avoiding the task enables you to avoid facing the negative outcomes that you have predicted

What are the consequences for procrastinating?

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Physical illness
  • Financial costs
  • Workflow backup
  • Time
  • Affects quality of work
  • Creates extra work

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