I’m reading a really interesting book right now that’s helping me understand why so many of us put off ’till tomorrow what we know we really ought to be doing today.
This is especially useful information, as like billions of other people worldwide; I have been spending more and more time on my mobile and online.
Between researching information for this blog; catching up with friends on Facebook; Twittering; streaming movies and music; and using essential mobile apps; I have lots of opportunities to sidestep the demands of my “real” life by disappearing down a digital rabbit hole.
Although I haven’t finished reading it yet; psychologist Piers Steele’s ” The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Things Done” has already given me some reassurance that procrastination isn’t a character deficiency, or a sign of innate laziness.
Steele says his research shows procrastination stems largely from a lack of impulse control. But that is not inherently bad. In fact, there are times when it can actually be good for you.
However, if you procrastinate too much; the negative impact on your health, wealth, and social life can far outweigh the positive.
Procrastination is hard to avoid. That’s because a preference for choosing to do something that gives you immediate gratification over something that will be useful later on is a pattern of behavior that that has been literally hard-wired into our DNA over centuries of evolution.
Simply put; everybody does it, and we’re made that way.
Even so; whiling away countless hours online when you’re supposed to be working, or incessantly texting your BFF instead of studying may be an indication that you’ve got a problem.
The good news is; there are actually concrete, useful strategies in the book that you can use to reduce the amount of time you waste by procrastinating. I can’t tell you exactly what they are yet though, because I haven’t finished reading it.
So, don’t delay. Check it out for yourself. Buy it online, or download the e-book or audio version for free right now from your local library’s digital media collection.