Sumary of Why do we procrastinate, and how can we stop? Experts have answers:
- Whatever type of procrastinator you are, pushing off tasks over and over again is a risk factor for poor mental and physical health, experts say.
- Chronic procrastinators have higher levels of stress and a greater number of acute health problems than other people, Sirois has found.
- The mental health implications include experiencing general psychological distress and low life satisfaction (particularly in regard to work and income), as well as symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- The association with health problems is best explained by stress, but another factor is that procrastinators often delay preventive treatment, such as regular checkups.
- Research suggests that procrastination is associated with sleep problems such as shorter sleep duration and an increased risk of insomnia symptoms and daytime sleepiness.
- Sirois led a 2015 study in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine that found that people with heart disease were more likely than healthy people to self-identify as procrastinators.
- How to overcome procrastinationBy overcoming your tendency to stall, then, you can improve your mental and physical wellbeing.
- Some people want to get the most unpleasant tasks out of the way, while others “psych themselves up by doing smaller things,” said Gretchen Rubin, an author whose books include Better Than Before, which dispenses advice on curbing procrastination.