repeatedly missing deadlines on projects atwork, making promotion unlikely and potentially leading togetting demoted or fired.
like having to pay late feesbecause the procrastinator didn't pay the bills on time eventhough he or she had the money. Or having a huge liabilityfrom an automobile accident because the person at faultwasn't covered because he put off paying his insurance bill.
such as the inability to pay the billsdue to putting off generating new sales or finding newcustomers for the business.
like having to make a painful visit to thedentist to have cavities filled or teeth pulled because thepatient kept putting off brushing his teeth. Or having a heartattack because the victim kept delaying the start of hispersonal health program.
Dissatisfaction about oneself
Dissatisfaction of others about one's procrastination
Procrastination can be seen as both a behavior and the lack of a behavior. The behavior is the actof turning away and doing something else in place of what the procrastinator should be doing. Thelacking behavior is of course the task or activity that the procrastinator should be working on, suchas homework. There are three ways to procrastinate: skip it, do it last, and escape.
here, even though the task is foregone forever, it is the program that is beingput off. When a person skips brushing his teeth, he is putting off his whole "keep the teethclean so they won't get cavities" program. It's like he is saying "I'll start brushing my teethtomorrow."
Doing it last:
easiest / most pleasant / least unpleasant tasks tend to be done first. Whenthere's a big job to do, and a long list of things to accomplish in order for that job to becompleted, the tendency is to work on the simplest tasks. As long as the items on the listare getting done, the job
it is being completed, and the procrastinator lulls him or herself into a false sense of security. This approach becomes a problem when all the easychores are done but there isn't enough time left to complete the hardest tasks because theywere put off until last! Also, new alternative tasks may come up again and again, so that themain task is never started.
the procrastinator instead does something he enjoys doing, choosing short-termgratification over long-term gain, at the cost of the benefits he would receive from doing thetask he put off. This takes his mind off the (stressful) task he should be doing, or thesituation he should be dealing with. This can lead to a pattern of addiction, where the morethe procrastinator escapes, the more guilty he feels about not doing what he is supposed tobe doing, creating more stress to escape from, leading him to continue the alternate activityso he doesn't have to think about it.But procrastination isn't necessarily the mere lack of doing something, it is something that iscausing the procrastinator not to do it. In this sense procrastination isn't the behaviors done or notdone, but is a behavior unto itself. As a distinct behavior, procrastination can be characterized inseveral ways...
Procrastination as poor judgement