What Gift Does Procrastination Give You?

Have you ever wondered why you put off different things in your life?

What do you gain by not doing the things immediately?

Can Procrastinating Reduce Stress?

It may seem that putting things off and waiting till later reduces stress, and causes less anxiety.

When you have a project or report due on a specific time it may feel better to wait to start.

Often times when people wait to start they stress may be gone for that moment, as you don’t have to worry about it right then.

But, the project hasn’t gone away, and the due date is still coming up.

If you have the tendency to procrastinate when the due date arrives you may have feelings of stress, because the project may not be completed.

Is Procrastination Giving You A Gift Of Time?

You may feel that procrastinating is giving you the gift of more time, but is it really?

When you are staying up last minute to work on a project that you had a few weeks to complete you may have increased anxiety symptoms.  Because you are now rushing to complete the project your stress level may be amplified.

Your body may go into fight or flight responses when you are rushing to complete the project.  When your body is in the fight or flight mode, your stress level may increase.

The gift procrastination may be giving you is worry stress, anxiety and frustration.

Can Breaking The Project Into Chunks Help?

If you are one that is prone to have procrastination tendencies, perhaps find ways to make it work for you.

Break the project into chunks it could appear less daunting.

Look at something, and see how many parts it may have it will seem less overwhelming and easier to accomplish.

Try chunking out the project that you have and work on a little each week or day ,by time the due date comes you will have already finished or almost finished it.

My Personal Struggles With Procrastination

Procrastination is something I have struggled with for years, and have found different methods to help me.

One of my favorite techniques is taking the project and thinking of it in chunks and trying to accomplish it that way.

I find if I look at a project or a task as a large sum I will get overwhelmed and may not want to start it.

If things are broken down it is easier to start, and to see the end goal.

You Can Overcome Procrastination

I believe that procrastination is something that you are able to overcome.

Once you develop steps to work on procrastination you will see that you have more space in the day.

You may actually feel clearer with out procrastination, because the dread of the upcoming project or task is not something you have to think about all the time.


Erin Gray is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Speaker who specializes working with women who are dealing with a variety of issues and concerns.

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