Saturday, October 5, 2013

Negative Effects of Procrastination

Procrastination (Photo credit: Tysh)
by Tracey Hausel

There are many negative effects of procrastination, but you may not think about them when you are in the middle of procrastinating.

What ARE the Negative Effects of Procrastination?

The Negative Effects of Procrastination take place in all of your major life areas:

  • Relationships with Your Spouse or Significant Other
  • Relationships with Your Children
  • Work/Business
  • Health
  • Finances

How are each of these areas affected by your lack of action?

Lets take a look at 5 areas of your life and how procrastinating affects it.

Adverse Effects of Relationships with Your Spouse or Significant Other

You love your partner. You truly do, but does she know it?
Do you keep thinking that you should send her some flowers or take her on a date?
Do you promise that you will do stuff together and you just never get around to it?
Do you promise that you will complete your house to-do list but you keep putting it off?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I want you to think. What are you doing to your relationship with your significant other? Maybe she is irritated with you. Then, you become irritated with her.

What could be the big negative effect of procrastination? You break up. Now, if you're not married, you might think that's no big deal. There are other fish in the sea and so on and so forth. Really?

What happens when you do the same thing to your next partner? Now, if you are married, think about the expense and stress of a divorce.

Negative Side Effects of Procrastination in Relationships With Your Children

If you don't have kids, skip this one and go to the next section. If you do have kids, what kind of example are you giving them? They see you putting stuff off so why wouldn't they put the chores and school work off?

Now, what happens if you have procrastinated in setting up your will and you die? Will the kids go to the person you want them to go to?

If you have loads of debt, because you put off getting your finances in order, what kind of legacy are you leaving them?

Debilitating Effects of Your Business

You know there are a few things you must do in your business in order for it to grow or even get started. For me they are meeting people, putting out content, and communicating with my list. There are other things to, but nothing will happen if I don't do those three basic things.

Now, imagine you decided that you would write that blog post tomorrow. When you finally do get around to it, how many days did you waste? Is it a month later? How the heck are you going to build a business if you produce content only once a month? Not gonna happen.

How Does Procrastination Affect Your Health?

What if you have skipped having your regular check ups? Then, one day, you find a lump on your breast. The doctor tells you that either it's too late and you are going to die or you have to have a mastectomy.

You keep putting off eating healthier until tomorrow never comes. Tomorrow never comes because you die of a heart attack. Do you get my drift?

Negative Effects of Procrastination on Your Finances

Imagine you keep saying that you will pay your bills tomorrow. Now, mind you, you actually do have the money. You just keep procrastinating on paying them. Well, boys and girls, as my mentor would say, "That's when your bills have bills."

Some of those late payment fees can be upwards of 35 bucks! How many a month are you paying because of your procrastination?

So what do you do now?

I suggest you write down five things that you have been procrastinating in each area of your life.
Then, set some time aside and do them. Make a game out of it. How?

  • Put on a song and see how far or how much you can do in one of your areas affected by Procrastinating.
  • Get a buddy. Tell someone what you are going to do and have them hold you accountable.

Those are just a few suggestions of how to get rid of the "negative effects of procrastination". Brainstorm and find some more.

Please share on Facebook and Google +. Let us know in the comment sections your negative effects of procrastination. Procrastination can really destroy your life if you let it. Why are you procrastinating?

If you want tips, tricks, and strategies on stopping procrastination, visit Tracey Hausel's blog at If you'd like to be coached by Tracey contact her at

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