The Ineffectiveness of Procrastination

Procrastination is partly a desire to reduce our work and effort, at least in the moment. Yet, by postponing inevitable work until later, we’re usually doing a disservice to our future self.

There are many areas of life where the “put it off until later” attitude results in less effective outcomes. Here are some examples…

  • Waiting until the dishes absolutely need to be done, and then cramming them all into the dishwasher piled one on top of the other reduces the efficiency of the dishwasher. At that point, dried on food is difficult to remove.
  • Paying credit cards later results in higher fees.
  • Waiting until the car doesn’t run and then taking it to a mechanic, when’s so much damage has been done that major repairs are needed.
  • Only studying the night before an exam without studying throughout the year won’t produce the best results.
  • Rushing through a project shortly before a deadline and not giving it the time and breathing space needed to create something innovative and high quality.

Preventative approaches to every area of life have a huge impact cumulatively and result in a better quality of life with less stress.


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