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Procrastination - An Unfortunate Way Of Life For Many People

For some people, procrastination is not just a word; it is a way of life. First, take a look at the definition of the word "procrastination". Why do we ignore such responsibilities?

Take smoking for example. Even though they want to quit, and must quit, they would rather put it off after "just one more cigarette" or "I'll quit after this pack of cigarettes is finished" or "I'm really stressed right now, and the cigarette will calm down, so I'll quit tomorrow when I feel better".

Do you understand now what procrastination is and why your life is suffering from making these choices? Your job is to kill procrastination, change your habit patterns, and live the life you are supposed to.

A Way of Life
For some people, procrastination is not just a word; it is a way of life. Many men and women out there are up to their necks in damaged relationships, poor health, and financial stress, all of which can be credited to putting off their responsibilities.

But what exactly is procrastination? How do you recognize whether or not you have a problem with it? How does a person decide whether the negative experiences that they are having in life is the result of procrastinating?

Define Procrastination
First take a look at the word "procrastination". It is created from the combination of the Latin words "pro" and "cras" which means "for tomorrow". When a person procrastinates, they are making a conscious decision to put off something that they have to do until some undetermined future time. They may decide to keep putting it off indefinitely or wait until the very last minute to begin the job. Either way, life becomes stressful because of these choices.

If you are a member of the procrastination club, then you more than likely you have a big list of responsibilities that you have not gotten around to or at the very least have made it a habit of beginning certain jobs and activities at the last minute, in which the damage is more likely already done. Procrastination is a problem for you if you have a regular habit of telling people that "I'll get to it later" or "I have too much to do now, and I will try to get to it next week", etc.

Why do we ignore such responsibilities?

Every person has their own specific reasons why they choose to put aside their responsibilities. For some people, the item that needs to be attended to may appear to be too difficult or endangers their comfort zone.

Take smoking for example. This habit is one that literally kills people every day and thousands of men and women have promised themselves to quit, yet they procrastinate on actually doing the things they should be doing to facilitate that goal. But quitting smoking would be just too hard. Even though they want to quit, and must quit, they would rather put it off after "just one more cigarette" or "I'll quit after this pack of cigarettes is finished" or "I'm really stressed right now, and the cigarette will calm down, so I'll quit tomorrow when I feel better".

Does any of this sound familiar to you? Do you understand now what procrastination is and why your life is suffering from making these choices? Not everybody is faced with life-threatening decisions that they keep putting off, such as smoking, but if you are reading this article then the chances are high that there is at least something in your life that you wish to change for the better and can be turned around if you can just master the habit of getting things done when you're supposed to. Your job is to kill procrastination, change your habit patterns, and live the life you are supposed to.

About the author:
Melissa Glenney is a stay at home mom with three children and several online businesses. Get a free 5 day course on Overcoming Procrastination.

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