06 Sep National Fight Procrastination Day
That’s right, September 6th is National Fight Procrastination Day! I thought about posting this after the fact (you know, be a little humorous), but I decided to stay on the serious side for this one because procrastination affects so many people in such a negative way.
Procrastination can make life miserable. If we put off projects, phone calls, emails, or whatever the task may be, we end up working at break-neck pace in order to complete it at the eleventh hour. It’s unnecessary stress that we bring upon ourselves, and sometimes that stress can affect those around us, too.
If you just read the previous paragraph and you’re thinking to yourself, “Self, I like the added pressure of waiting until the last minute to get things done,” then let’s take a look at that philosophy.
At the 2012 National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Conference in Baltimore, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop presented by Sandy Wright of WrightEdge Solutions. She peppered her presentation with various quotes, but my favorite one was:
“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.” – Don Marquis
Shouldn’t our goal be to get ahead for today or tomorrow, instead of living in a frazzled state from constantly playing catch up? Or does that shot of adrenaline that you feel when you’re hurrying to finish a project feel good to you?
Sandy discussed that when we get into a heightened state while cramming at the last minute to finish a task, our brains are releasing chemicals that make us feel like we’re empowered and energized and getting a “high.” What we’re really doing is wearing down our bodies. When these chemicals are released on a regular basis, it can lead to kidney failure. We’re programmed to use the chemicals to help us survive in life or death situations – not as a way to live life every day.
There are a multitude of causes of procrastination, as there are many ways to combat the problem. But one of the top reasons why you shouldn’t procrastinate is concern for your health. The next time you think about putting something off until the last minute, ask yourself how much longer you’d like your kidneys to function.