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Are You a Procrastinator, or Just Efficient?

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Are You a Procrastinator, or Just Efficient?
This post was inspired by two events: I had a colleague who always waited until the last minute to complete tasks. I, on the other hand, always try to get things in early. Waiting until the last minute causes me lots of stress.

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The advantages of procrastination

There are two kinds of individuals in this world: those who procrastinate and those who do the things in advance.

In what the first category is concerned, there is some evidence that procrastination actually does have some advantages, such as the fact of reducing stress, enabling us to focus on what is more important or helping us to make good decisions.

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The drawbacks of procrastination

The drawbacks of procrastination

While procrastination might have some advantages, it certainly has proven drawbacks. Individuals who procrastinate tend to be more stressed and, therefore, suffer from stress-related illnesses. Furthermore, students who procrastinate have lower GPAs than the ones who don't. So you would better think twice before postponing an action next time.

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The reasons behind procrastination

Whenever somebody decides to procrastinate, this happens whether because the task seems too unpleasant or because the planning wasn't done properly and, therefore, the need to delay. 

Intentional or not, procrastination ends up having the same effects on your everyday life. And these are not always good.

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Fighting procrastination

When you notice that you tend to become a procrastinator, make sure to take the right measures to fight this tendency. For instance, setting reminders in your calendar program or participating in time management courses might prove extremely useful.

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The work in front of us seems urgent, even though it may not be important, and we are instinctively wired to complete it. If something is immediately available to us, we instinctively go for it.

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