Procrastination is a robber. It gradually down-sizes our cadre of those we love and care about because of our lack of paying attention to details. We become so busy doing other things, the ones that should be important are relegated to tomorrow, but tomorrow is another excuse.
This can happen with your family, friends, and acquaintances. It damages our present and takes away the possibilities for the future because we are always relegating items to another time slot.
You know the importance of being prompt to work and appointments. If you are or have been a business person, that is the cornerstone of who you are as a person. Yet, the temptation is always there to sleep a little longer, pushing the envelope until it eventually rips.
Another consequence of this procrastination is the moods we get in because we make the wrong choices about our time and how much we can squeeze into each minute. How do you think your life would improve relationally if you stopped procrastinating and prioritized what you are doing? Would you still snap at your spouse or best friend? Some people are like snapping turtles to be around. Are you one of these?
Eventually, this busyness and procrastination end up in health problems? Why do I mention busyness in the same sentence with procrastination? Because if you keep transferring duties to another time slot, that time period becomes more crowded and makes you more busy than you would normally be. If you play this shuffle with a lot of items in your life, you are setting yourself up for health problems from the overload. Nervous problems and high blood pressure are just two of many I could mention.
You may think you can handle what is happening in your life. You may believe you have it all under control. But what happens to you when something extra is added? If this is done often enough, you are putting yourself in a cocoon of busyness of your own making--in other words, a trap.
How much do you worry? How much sleep do you get? Do you have periods of anxiety and insomnia? These can all be signs of overload and your mind and body are trying to warn you. Will you listen?
Think about the reasons for your busyness and procrastination. Are you busy because you are trying to please everyone? Do you believe you are the only one who can do a good job so you don't want to pass it to someone else? If you are retired, have these bad habits followed you into that part of your life? Do you believe that work is all there is to life, and that you are not valuable as a person unless you are working? Do you feel guilty when you take some time for yourself or say "no" to a project?
Is this truly how you want to spend your life either in retirement or elsewhere? Look at the things you do each day and see what consequences they have. Are you isolating yourself from others because of your lifestyle? Are you hurting those you love and who love you by your disregard? Be honest and look at these things and others in your life. If there is unforgiveness, don't put it off until it is too late. Look for the root cause, not just the excuse you are doing this to yourself. Be honest! It is your life, but you can make it better by evaluating what you are doing and why. Your choices, good or bad, determine what your life is like.
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