By procrastination, we mean the tendency of some people to put off the work they need to do or to put off any type of task that has been assigned to them at that time.
It is a psychological phenomenon widely studied over decades in the field of psychology, the incidence of which can cause problems of all kinds in the person who experiences it. But focusing on practice… What impact does developing a tendency to procrastinate and not treating it in therapy have on our lives?
The Effects of Untreated Procrastination
Next, we will see what are the most common problems that can affect us if we do not limit procrastination.
1. Psychological affect
Psychology professionals have come to the conclusion that there is a wide variety of psychological causes that favor the phenomenon of procrastination and that this cannot be explained in a unitary and monolithic way.
Some of the causes behind procrastination are low self-esteem, psychological discomfort and also being exposed to high levels of anxiety or daily stress.
In the same way, prolonging the time to put our hands to work to complete any task and postponing the time to take care of our needs can also cause noticeable psychological discomfort, which carries over to problems. that the person might have previously
2. Physical damage
At the same time that the psychological health suffers in cases of systematic procrastination, we can also experience a progressive affectation of the physical health of the person and consequently of the good functioning of his organism.
Some of the areas in which this progressive physical affliction manifests are: greater tiredness and fatigue during the working day and also later, an inability to rest properly during free hours, insomnia, muscle aches, fatigue, or headaches.
This phenomenon occurs because the psychological discomfort accumulated by the tendency to postpone work usually ends up being transferred to the physical or psychophysiological environment, bringing with it physical discomfort.
3. Impact on decision making
The psychological and physical problems caused by procrastination can also impact the affected person’s decision-making, both on a personal and psychological level.
It means that a person with a tendency to procrastinate can end up with too much workwhich can lead to great difficulty in making decisions correctly due to being in a limiting situation.
4. Decreased productivity
Procrastination can also generate, as we see, a drop in daily productivity, since the person begins not to complete on time each of the tasks entrusted to him.
This drop in productivity also has a psychological impact, as it can sometimes generate frustration and discomfort. the worker realizes that he is not performing well in his workplace.
5. Labor issues
All the previously mentioned effects can occur together, which has an obvious consequence on the person’s work performance, which also affects his productivity.
This causes, as we see, a series of labor problems, since the company has also decreased its performance, which may jeopardize, in the long term, the continuity of the worker in his job.
In addition to this, systematic procrastination is also linked to the appearance of problems in the work environment, as well as in the relationship and communication with work colleagues and superiors.
6. Cognitive impairment
Many cognitive effects can occur when a person tends to procrastinate and develop psychological problems derived from said practice.
Some of these cognitive effects may be, in addition to the progressive difficulty in managing stress, working under pressure, and it leads to a lack of concentration.
7. Affect business interests
The interests of the company or institution in which we work can be compromised when one of its employees tends to procrastinate and fail to complete on time the tasks assigned to them on a daily or weekly basis.
This can cause, if said practice is maintained over time, a series of problems for the company that can be more or less important depending on a large number of variables.
8. Organizational difficulty
People who tend to procrastinate usually have significant organizational problems, in fact, this is considered one of the most plausible causes or reasons that can explain the phenomenon.
Having organizational difficulties means not being able to establish what to do at each momentnot knowing how to organize the week or month in advance in a planner or diary, and being unable to set short or long-term goals.
9. Compromises the work of other colleagues
Just as business goals are hindered, procrastination can also endanger the work of other colleagues or our superiors, as long as we do not complete our work on time.
This ultimately results in lower overall productivity and a problem for the business, as it has to complete certain goals within a specific time frame.
10. Communication issues
Procrastination is usually associated with a person’s problem when it comes to communicating their problems or ask for help from other colleagues or superiors.
This lack of communication is another of the problems that can affect the entire company as a whole, because in order to get the job done well, there must be an optimal level of internal communication in the organization.