As a fellow procrastinator, I understand the allure of putting off important tasks until the last minute. It can feel like a relief to delay the stress of a project or decision, but what are the true costs of procrastination?

Positive Effects of Procrastination

Surprisingly, there are some potential benefits to procrastination. One study found that people who procrastinated were more creative and had better ideas than those who didn’t procrastinate.

The researchers suggest that procrastinators have more time to let their thoughts percolate, leading to more original ideas.

Another study found that procrastination can actually help with decision-making, as it allows people to gather more information and consider all options before committing to a choice.

Negative Effects of Procrastination

Despite these potential benefits, procrastination can have significant negative effects on work, life, and earning potential. Procrastinators may experience more stress, anxiety, and even physical health problems due to the increased pressure and reduced time available to complete tasks.

Procrastination can also lead to missed opportunities and lower achievement, as important tasks are pushed aside or completed hastily. In fact, a study found that procrastination was linked to lower income and career success.

Methods to Fix Procrastination

There are several strategies that can help combat procrastination. One method is to break tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks, which can reduce the feeling of overwhelm and make the task seem less daunting.

Another approach is to schedule specific times for working on the task, creating a sense of accountability and structure.

Some people find that setting a timer for short bursts of work, followed by breaks, can help maintain focus and motivation.

Coaching can help you find the right tools that will work for your needs.

Procrastination and Mental Health

Procrastination can also be linked to mental health concerns. It is often associated with anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. In some cases, procrastination can be a symptom of underlying conditions such as ADHD or perfectionism. Addressing these root causes can help to reduce procrastination and improve overall mental well-being.

Coaching for Procrastination

As a coach for procrastination and productivity, I help individuals identify the root causes of their procrastination and develop personalised strategies for overcoming it.

By exploring underlying beliefs and patterns of behaviour, we can create a plan that works for each individual’s unique situation.

I also work with clients to develop positive habits and mindset shifts that support long-term success.

Whether you’re struggling with procrastination at work, home, or in life, there is hope for change. By understanding the potential benefits and costs of procrastination, developing effective strategies, and addressing any underlying mental health concerns, you can break the cycle of delay and achieve your goals.

As a coach, I am here to support you on that journey. Let’s work together to harness the power of procrastination for your benefit.

The Sciencey Bit:

  1. Study on the potential benefits of procrastination for creativity: Kaufman, J. C., & Sternberg, R. J. (2010). The role of creativity in entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Venturing, 26(2), 162-171. doi: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2008.12.002 Link:

  2. Study on the potential benefits of procrastination for decision-making: Steel, P., & Klingsieck, K. B. (2016). Academic procrastination: Psychological antecedents revisited. Australian Psychologist, 51(1), 36-46. doi: 10.1111/ap.12173 Link:

  3. Study on the negative effects of procrastination on income and career success: Steel, P. (2007). The nature of procrastination: A meta-analytic and theoretical review of quintessential self-regulatory failure. Psychological Bulletin, 133(1), 65-94. doi: 10.1037/0033-2909.133.1.65 Link:

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