The Real Price
September 24, 2019
Procrastination takes away our time, but losing time isn’t the only price procrastinators pay. Ironically, for all the time wasted on avoiding stress and negative emotions, they all find their way back to us–except now, they’re even worse than before.
“You’re going to feel the effects of procrastination eventually, whether that’s physically because you’re tired, mentally because you’re distracted, or emotionally because you’re stressed and worried,” Antrim said.
Losing time equates to sacrificing the opportunity to do the things we allow ourselves to do when we have time. For many procrastinators, that sacrifice is slee p.
“I’m not sleeping as well, and I’m not as physically ready for the day. It’s something that really snowballs,” Antrim said. The truth is that she’s speaking for a number of students and staff members here at Liberty.
The repercussions of procrastination go beyond physical health, as Ragland would argue that it can also take a toll on your social life. “Part of having a relationship is give and take, so if someone is procrastinating on making plans or following through with things, that can definitely have a negative impact on a relationship,” Ragland said.
For Spears, procrastination takes away the time he would otherwise spend with family. “Sometimes I don’t interact with people because I put things off, and now I am taking my social time to do the things that I didn’t do the first time. It takes away time from my kids,” he said.
People depending on us is one thing, yet perhaps even more important is our self-dependence. But when we repeatedly save that English paper for the night before it is due, it’s difficult to trust ourselves to make sound decisions for the future.
“I have worked with students who have procrastinated to the point where they just don’t have the skills to set goals or to advocate for themselves to get ahead of where they’re at,” Ragland said.