This article is an excerpt from Bernice Ross's upcoming book, "The PQ Factor: Stop Resisting and Start Persisting," out in 2017. During the past week, what did you postpone until tomorrow that would have been better handled today? Filing your income taxes? Saving for a rainy day? Going to the dentist? Paying your bills? Calling a loved one? The dictionary defines procrastination as "intentionally putting something off until a later time because you do not want to do it." Napoleon Hill described procrastination as "the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday." When you procrastinate, you make a conscious choice to delay or to avoid taking action. That decision typically harms you in two different ways. First, it results in increased stress and struggle, because you spent time and have nothing to show for it. Second, the longer you procrastinate, the more difficult it becomes to take the necessary ...
- The longer you’re stuck in the quicksand of procrastination, the harder it is to escape it.
- Procrastination is a conscious choice not to take action.
- If there's a consistent area where you procrastinate, it’s probably time to delegate it or dump it.