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Lesson 26: Understanding Procrastination

By- Neha Rathod

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

A small act of procrastination can lead to large consequences. 
You tend to overlook some things today that can be done later but end up delaying so much that the further things pile up.

“I just wait till the last second to do my work because I will be older and therefore wiser.” That’s how procrastinators think. These people feel that time will heal everything, so they leave everything on time.

Small procrastinations lead to stopping of bigger things; when the initial stage remains undone, the whole task at hand cannot work.

They want to avoid completing something; they even constantly think of it but avoid taking actions about the same. The actual reason for procrastination is that they want to avoid facing the outcomes of their actions. They are not incapable but they don’t want to face the next step if the action is taken.

Since these people are constantly thinking about the tasks they have to complete, there’s an anxiety they develop within themselves. Thinking about these incomplete tasks fuels this anxiety. These activities which they are not doing but constantly thinking about keeps consuming their mental energy and make them feel burdened with the work.

The mind plays games with us. It gives a temporary comfort to us when we push something to be done later. When that task is completed, it might bring along other undone things. Not completing things in order to avoid the next step is what procrastinators do. 
Punctuality is the need of the day. If decision making is delayed for the personal reasons, it might affect ones professionalism.

‘t’ crossbar on the left indicates this trait of procrastination.


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