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Most of us are very familiar with that voice that tells us to postpone work till later. The dictionary defines procrastination as the act of postponing, delaying or putting off, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness. If you continually postpone stuff you should be doing and do not eventually catch up within the limited amount of time you have, the work starts to pile up until it seems like an insurmountable mountain. Doing things at the right time makes work less stressful and gives expected results without the hassle of trying to meet a deadline. Hardly would you find any advantage of procrastination, but there are numerous disadvantages, some of which are:

1. Failure: The number one danger of procrastination is failure. You cannot expect to be very successful if you will not do the right thing at the right time, an age long adage says a stitch in time saves nine. Procrastination lets you think there is still time when there is none and indulging in this laxity makes you lose certain opportunities that are limited to time.

2. Unreliability: Once people know that they cannot rely on you to get the job done at the right time, you are tagged as an unreliable person. In order to maintain business relations, your partners should trust you and be sure that you can come through within the given amount of time. Procrastination can be a stumbling block to moving forward when dealing with people that are goal-oriented.

3. Stress: Piling up work that should have been done within an attainable period of time until the eleventh hour will no doubt suck up a great amount of your energy. Regularly subjecting yourself to back-breaking work under the duress of deadline can take a toll on your health. Stress is one of the most famous causes of high blood pressure and depression, so it will be in your own interest to avoid procrastination in order to preserve your health.

4. Inefficient work: It can be quite tempting to do rushed work when you have a deadline to meet and so much stuff to do within little time. Procrastination tempts you to do a hurried and inefficient job since you have postponed it for so long. In order to be productive and efficient, one has to avoid procrastination and do the right thing at the right time especially when dealing with schedules and deadlines.

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This article was first published on 28th November 2016


Opoola Jelifat is a young and passionate writer. She holds a B.Sc degree in Microbiology and enjoys reading, cooking and writing on real life issues. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree at the University of Ibadan. Contact her on, and via Twitter and facebook by clicking the icons below.

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