Saint Kabir had advised: what you have to do tomorrow, do today; what you have to do today, do it now. Procrastination is the habit of delaying a task or an activity until a later date. The habit of procrastinating the doing of things is one of the worst habits of a person. People tend to be slothful to put off the finishing of a piece of work, implementation of a plan till another time. Life is not certain and it is possible that circumstances may change and one may not be able to do the work at all. It is good to procrastinate things that are bad but we are right and what we have decided to do, we must do in time.
One of the major reasons for procrastinating a task is slothfulness. When a person is indulged in luxuries and slothfulness, it will blunt his edge of urge for action. When a person starts fearing the outcome of the task, he tends to procrastinate the task for a later date. Other factors for procrastinating work for a later date are low self-esteem, weak determination, less focused and distraction and also high impulsiveness.
Procrastination is harmful in various ways. It maintains tension in the mind. It will relieve you of this tension if you do the work right now. Putting off work till another time more often may keep us deprived of the benefits, which might have accrued to us from its having been done. Opportunity knocks at the door once. Opportunity lost once is lost forever. There is no guarantee that the circumstances will remain the same. They may change and you may have to repent later on over the fact that you missed the opportunity. Sometimes it may prove tragic and change the good side of your career to a bad one.
A successful man is one who strikes the iron while it is hot. When procrastination becomes a habit, all cheerfulness and carefree living go out of life and we live a life of perpetual tension, which indeed is not a life worth living at all. While procrastination is harmful to individuals, it may be more harmful to groups, communities and nations.
We must ask ourselves whether we do actually realize the dangers emanating from procrastination and therefore, shun it. We will perhaps find the answer in the affirmative as well as in the negative. We are still procrastinating steps for development in certain sectors of our life. For example, we have been sadly procrastinating in the educational sector. Even after more than five decades of economic planning, we find half of our population illiterate. We have taken steps to eradicate illiteracy but our steps are not fast enough.
We have been procrastinating developing certain geographical regions of the country with the result that there are evident regional imbalances in terms of development. We have not yet been able to connect every village of India with a link road. This was the task of utmost importance, a task that ought to have been given the priority in any scheme of development. Our pace of development could have been faster if proper planning and implementation were done at the right time.
While procrastination is regarded as a bad habit, undue hurry or haste is equally a bad tendency. Promptness of action is advisable but an impulsive decision is fraught with undesirable consequences. One must not delay or procrastinate in arriving at a decision in crucial matters, but unless a well-thought-out decision has been taken; it is more often than not risky to convert into action. Decisions taken in a hurry or haste without cool and calculated deliberation are likely to lead one into blind alleys or unfathomed troughs which it is difficult to get out from. The golden rule is first to get satisfied with the correct decision. Action should immediately follow the correct decision. Action should immediately follow the correct decision. Evil actions contemplated as a consequence of anger, revenge, greed, larceny, lust should be put off as indefinitely as possible till they die their natural death.
There are few tips to curb the habit of procrastination.
We must shake off slothfulness altogether. One must be up and doing. Avoid indulgence in luxuries because this makes one blunt.
Understanding the value of time is very important. Nothing great can be expected from one who does not understand the value of a minute, for seconds and minutes make an hour, a day, a month, a year and the whole life itself. If the value of a minute is descended deep into our mind and heart sloth will disappear.
Idleness is fatiguing. One must therefore oneself engage in some useful work like some household chores other than one’s main occupation.
To ward off procrastination, one must plan one’s work. Detailed planning is necessary. The entire gamut of work may be divided into fragments and time fixed for completing each fragment will facilitate satisfaction and invigorating. What we must have to do right from the time we get up from bed down to the time we go to bed, must be clear to us and we must stick to it religiously.
One may arrange the array of work in an order of priorities. How many things are to be done and in what order of priority they must be taken — once this is planned in advance then most of the battle is won and we can get out of the habit of procrastinating tasks.
The major difference between a successful person and an unsuccessful person is that while the former put his decisions promptly into action and reaps the fruits, the latter procrastinates thereby depriving himself of the fruit.
Q1. What is Procrastination?
Ans. Procrastination is the habit of delaying a task or an activity until a later date or time.
Q2. What are the Reasons for Procrastinating Work?
Ans. The main reason for procrastinating work is slothfulness. Other reasons could be low self-esteem, weak determination, less focus and distraction and also high impulsiveness.
Q3. How is Procrastination Harmful to Us?
Ans. Procrastination is harmful to us because it builds up a perpetual tension in our minds. Many times we are deprived of the fruitful result when we delay our work. We may not even get the opportunity to complete our task because circumstances may change at any time.
Q4. How Do You Curb Procrastination?
Ans. To curb procrastination, first and most imperative for us is to shake off slothfulness and not indulge too much in luxuries. Idleness is another thing that we must avoid. We must engage ourselves in small tasks other than the main occupation. We should plan and prioritize our work well so that we can complete on time.