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Procrastination Effects: 3 Chilling Ways Your Procrastination Habit is Costing YOU

The effects of procrastinating are very real. Do you see any of these procrastination effects in your life?

One: Lack of Accomplishment and Lowered Personal Standards

Procrastination causes you to be time pressed and results in the quality of work being reduced. The roll on effect of this is that your personal standards may start to slip and become lower and lower.

Because procrastinators don't put in much time or effort, bad results often follow. Procrastinators may find themselves feeling a lack of ownership, and a lack of pride towards the completed task.

You may find breaking a task into smaller parts helps you to move forward while maintaining high standards. If you do not procrastinate you will benefit by being able to step back and assess each stage/part as it is completed and make sure you are staying on track.

Chronic procrastinators typically do not receive the intrinsic rewards that often come with completing a task successfully. Because they have procrastinated they also do not usually have enough time to exceed the expected results of the task.

A procrastinator perceives that the quality or thoughtfulness of work stays the same despite the last-minute nature of the work, but this is typically not the case. Instead, the procrastinator inherently cares less about the work as he or she has not invested a great deal of time or effort. The bottom line is that work done in a hurry is usually not as thorough, accurate, or thoughtful.

Two: Excuses and Laziness Become the Norm

Procrastination provides a quick and easy excuse. When it becomes apparent that the work is not completed to the specifications required, one can blame procrastination. The habit of making excuses can extend into other aspects of life.

Overall, the procrastinator can become less responsible and more prone to ducking blame for failures and negative impacts cause by poor work habits. This attitude can permeate into other aspects of life, perpetuating feelings of laziness and apathy.

Three: Lack of Personal Growth

One of the more sinister procrastination effects is lack of personal growth.

As the effects of procrastination introduce themselves gradually over time, poor work habits develop slowly and quietly. This is one of the primary reasons that companies and educational institutions complete regular performance evaluations, both self-assessment and receiving feedback from outside sources.

Work may become sloppy or less thorough. The procrastinator feels a lack of connection or care with respect to the tasks upon which they are working. Standards are lowered and an attitude of complacency for run of the mill work may arise.

A procrastinator begins to feel "near enough is good enough". This effects all areas of his life including work, personal and social interactions. It effects his self-esteem and self-worth. A true procrastination problem is no laughing matter, and it can be very harmful; it is a habit that should be overcomes at all reasonable costs.

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