Procrastination Kills. Seriously.

Procrastination

Procrastination (Photo credit: Emilie Ogez)

National Procrastination Week was the second week of March. I put off writing about it.

Heh heh. That’s just a little organizer humor there.

On a serious note, 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.

What’s that, you say? You like the added pressure of waiting until the last minute to get things done? Let’s take a look at that philosophy.

At the 2012 National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Conference last week 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.

 
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