First of all, what is procrastination? It sure sounds big, especially for those who haven't even heard of it. So to define what procrastination is - it's the act of delaying or putting off a task for later. It doesn't matter whether it's a household chore, a work or school task, or an errand. It's the simple act of not getting around it right away. In short, it's slacking or delaying.
Now that procrastination's been defined, let's all think of whether or not we're guilty about this. Probably every one of us is guilty of slacking off one time or another, because as much as we hate to admit it, sometimes, relaxing is more fun. What we don't know is that procrastination can hurt us in many ways. As the English poet Edward Young said, "Procrastination is the thief of time."
Procrastination is counterproductive. It means that we don't get things done. And if things aren't done right away, we lose a lot of opportunities. Ever heard of the saying "The early bird catches the worm"? That is very true. It's got the same meaning as the Filipino proverb, "The prompt beats the industrious". It means that while being a hard worker is a positive trait, one can still fall short if punctuality is absent.
To better explain this, let's take two different job hunters - Ernie and Bert. Ernie is more punctual, and Bert is more industrious. Ernie gets out of his house early. He arrives at Company X at 8AM, gets interviewed, and assessed. Finally, he's told that he's not the right person for the job, so he leaves. He was out of there by lunch time, which means he still has the rest of the afternoon to try and look for a job in Company Y. Ernie gets there and goes through the hiring process. By 5PM, Ernie's told that he's hired and will start the very next day.
Let's now go to Bert. Bert wakes up early, but decides to spend the entire morning sorting through his e-mail and browsing through Facebook. After lunch, he leaves his house and goes to Company X. He gets interviewed and assessed. Finally, he's told that he's not the right person for the job, so he leaves. However, unlike Ernie, Bert left Company X at around 5PM, leaving him no choice but to just go home and wait until tomorrow to apply to Company Y. While Ernie's already working the next day, Bert is still to be hired. In this case, the prompt Ernie beat out the industrious Bert.
This is one great example on how procrastination can hurt us. Whatever the scenario is, the bottom line is that not getting things done right away will result to missed opportunities, wasted hours, and believe it or not, wasted money. Moreover, procrastination can cause us stress and guilt, which can then result to personal crisis and ultimately, social disapproval. It can affect our relationship with the people around us, especially at work. Constant procrastinating makes us look lazy and slow in the eyes of other people, and we don't want that, especially if we need to stay employed or stay in school. If we procrastinate, we don't just let ourselves down, but others too. The last thing we want is to disappoint the people who are counting on us. As Lord Chesterfield said, "Never put off tomorrow what you can do today."