7 ways procrastination can destroy your life
We are all guilty of procrastinating at some point or other; no one is a stranger to it, right?
Some of us might be lucky enough to identify it in time and still do something about it. Unfortunately for others, it steals dreams and can even destroy lives.
The reason we procrastinate varies from person to person and is not always obvious. Sometimes it is a hidden fear that we don’t want to acknowledge, or it could even be as simple as not wanting to do something because it just doesn’t motivate us.
Whatever the reason may be, if you know you are a procrastinator, be careful: it has far more damaging effects than you may realize.
Here are the seven most common ways that procrastination can destroy your life:
1. You will lose precious time
How much time have you wasted procrastinating? It isn’t easy to tell, but I am sure you can imagine. The worst thing about procrastinating is the moment you realize that you are two, five or ten years older and nothing has changed. Where did all the time go?
This is a terrible feeling because you can’t turn back the hands of time, you just have to live with the helpless feeling of regret.
2. You will blow opportunities
How many opportunities have you wasted because you didn’t take advantage of them when they were there? This is when you really want to kick yourself.
What you don’t realize is that the opportunity could have been life changing, but you missed out on it. Most opportunities only come around once; you are never guaranteed a second chance.
3. You won’t be able to meet goals
Procrastination seems to come on with full force when we entertain the thought of goals, of wanting to achieve or change something. You might have a strong desire to change, but you just can’t seem to take the first step forward.
We set goals because we have a deep desire to better our lives in some way. If you don’t do this because of procrastination, you destroy the possibility to better your life.
4. You could ruin your career
The way you work directly affects your results, how much you achieve and how well you perform.
Perhaps procrastination prevents you from meeting deadlines or achieving your monthly targets. What consequence will this eventually have on your career?
You might miss out on promotions or worse; you might even be at risk of losing your job. You can try to hide it for a while, but don’t doubt that long-term procrastination at work will almost certainly ruin your career.
5. You will lower your self-esteem
This is one of the vicious circles you might find yourself in. We tend to procrastinate sometimes because of a low self-esteem, but procrastinating doesn’t only reinforce this, it makes it even lower.
You start to doubt and question what is wrong with you. You might desperately ask yourself, “Why can’t I just do it?”
Having low self-esteem destroys lives in many ways. When we have low self-esteem we hold ourselves back, we feel less than we should and it leads to self-sabotaging acts.
6. You will make poor decisions
When you procrastinate and make decisions from this standpoint, they are almost always going to be poor decisions because of the place you are coming from. When you procrastinate, you make decisions based on criteria that most likely wouldn’t be there if you didn’t procrastinate, like pressure to finally make a decision because time is running out.
7. You will damage your reputation
When you keep saying you will do something and you don’t, your reputation inevitably gets tarnished. Nobody wants empty promises.
Besides damaging your own reputation, you are damaging your self-esteem and self-confidence. You will find that it gets easier to procrastinate each time because you are not surprising yourself anymore. People could stop depending on you and hold back on offering you opportunities because they could be worried that you will simply procrastinate and they will be left to clean up the mess.
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