Chronic Procrastination: Signs, Effect On Health And Tips To Manage The Condition

Chronic Procrastination can lead you to many health disorders and stress. Follow these tips to get rid of this condition in easy way.

Puru Bansal
Written by: Puru BansalPublished at: Jul 25, 2021Updated at: Jul 25, 2021
Chronic Procrastination: Signs, Effect On Health And Tips To Manage The Condition

We have many shores to perform and while doing it we often become lazy doing the same task time and again. Sometimes this laziness takes the form of delay and procrastination in whatever we do, and our biological clock also absorbs the same manner. However procrastination is quite different condition to laziness. Procrastination reflects the human bias towards the present and delays the work or needs for the future. It’s like an extreme level of lazy and worn out attitude towards your goals. When a person procrastinates, he tends to push his/her task further in the time zone for quite unwanted feeling or reasons. A person normally procrastinates for sleeping, stress, boredom, self doubt etc. This might be very unpleasant phase and frustrate other people. Hence today we will understand the factors affecting this condition and tips to get out of it.

What Is Chronic Procrastination?

Chronic Procrastination is slightly different from general procrastination because in this the person makes a habit of taking everything for granted. Dr. Tanu Chowdhury, Clinical Psychologist from Healthcare Clinic, Lucknow says that it is quite stressful as well as unpleasant mental condition where a person might feel detached from his normal routine life. In this condition, putting of things for some other time becomes the go to solution and the person has no longer interest in completing any task of work given to him. This affects the mental and emotional health of the person and also the ability of mind to get things done. Chronic procrastination affects problem solving ability, mental awareness, decision making and emotional balance of the person going through it.


Signs of Chronic Procrastination

Chronic procrastination can be visible in the daily routine of the person having this condition. The lifestyle changes and behavioural changes can show some signs to determine this change. According to Dr. Tanu Chowdhury, a person having chronic procrastination can have these habits or changes-

  • Having hard time meeting work deadlines
  • Putting things to do but not making them happen
  • Finding a person procrastinating alone
  • Getting distracted easily
  • Affect on relationships
  • Hard time accepting this condition and related issues
  • Involved in less important tasks most of the time
  • Feeling stressed about every situation 
  • Affected sleep and physical health

Effect of Chronic Procrastination on Health

1. Affect on Emotional Health

Procrastination is heavy related to your mood disorder and change in emotional mindset. It does not mean a person is unproductive or lazy, but there is a matter of self-doubt. It affects your mental health in such a manner that you begin to think that the given task is not in your capability and hence you delay it to avoid it. This also makes the person frustrated and irritated because of which leaves that thing to future and involves in something less important. Chronic procrastination can take place stress and prolong depression which can result to mental health disorders.


2. Affect on Mental Health

Procrastination is also a symptom for many mental health disorder and conditions. Hence it is possible that your procrastinations are result of deeper problems. For example if you deal with anxiety over a long time, it may affect your efficiency of doing tasks and nervousness may take over. Because of anxiety, you may end up delaying the work to infinite time which leads to procrastination. Hence the link between mental health and chronic procrastination is quite strong and should not be ignored. It can lead the person to these mental health issues-

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Shame
  • Depression
  • Insecurity issues
  • Job burnout
  • Relationship conflict
  • ADHD

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Tips to Manage Chronic Procrastination

By following these tips you can break the cycle of chronic procrastination and lead a healthy life again. 

1. Believe in Yourself

Having a positive belief in self can go a long way. Forgive yourself for procrastinating and think about the issues from the very starting. Do not stress yourself over small issues and have confidence in yourself to complete those tasks. Take your time and start working on your projects gradually and you will notice picking up speed. Self compassion is also important; it can create a positive impact on your thinking ability and ease stress of doing work to a good extent.

2. Challenge False Beliefs 

One of the causes of chronic procrastinations is disbelief. Cognitive distortions and irrational thoughts combine to contribute towards procrastination. If you challenge these thoughts and generate strong challenge against your negative thoughts, then you can come out of procrastination easily. Cognitive distortions like overgeneralization, mental filtering, unnecessary blaming and accounting yourself inferior can bring you into hole of procrastination, challenging these areas can get you rid of this condition.


3. Take Things Slow

Do not try to overdo things or take everything in your hand at once. Know your abilities, regulate your tasks and routine in such a way that you know they could be completed. Take one day at a time and concentrate on one task at a time. This will slowly reduce your work stress, manage issues and help you come out of chronic procrastination stage. 

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4. Reward Yourself

Build small milestones for yourself and reward once you achieve it. These obstacles or milestones should not be very easy or extremely difficult to achieve. Once you win these milestones, give yourself a reward in terms of rest or doing some fun stuff. This will motivate you to continue more such tasks and get you out of procrastination condition. 

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