Getting overwhelmed by a workload is something everyone must deal with, though the situations may vary. When there is a long list of tasks that must be completed, it is sometimes easiest not to think about it. Some even think that they work better under the pressure of time--but we all know this can backfire. Before you procrastinate on your work, consider all the ways you are barricading your path to success.


The main reason procrastination is so detrimental to potential success is because it creates stress. The longer a person puts something off, the closer the deadline presses in, and the more imperative it becomes to complete the task. Finally, the time comes when you have only hours or days to prepare or complete whatever it is that is being procrastinated, and it will quickly be realized that this is not enough time. Thus, the stress of anticipation becomes the stress of time pressure.


Some will argue that this pressure of time is what most motivates them to accomplish their goals. However, let's say a person has a paper due the next day, and they intend to begin it that night. What if something happened suddenly, an event that is out of that person's control? How are they to explain that they waited to complete the paper with only a few hours to spare, then because of said occurrence, were unable to do so? There is simply too much at risk in waiting.


Those who procrastinate are bound to do a much more thorough job on whatever it is they need to do. The sooner you start something, the longer you have to review the job that has been done, add any finishing touches, and even get input from others. Let's say you need to pack for a long trip--the sooner you do it, the more time there is to consider whether anything has been forgotten. In packing on one's way out the door, if anything has been left, it will be too late once the fact is realized.


Especially when in competition with others, one should not procrastinate. For example, perhaps a person is applying for a job or for a position in a graduate program. These things require a well-prepared resume and sometimes a personal statement, among other things. In situations like these, slots are limited--the longer a person waits to complete his or her application, the more likely it will be that the employer or dean of admissions fills the position(s), leaving him or her out of luck.


Finally, if procrastination becomes a habit, it becomes easier to forget about things that need to be completed. A person could be completing a last-minute assignment when suddenly he or she realizes there was an assignment for another class due the same day. It had been forgotten about, though, since it was pushed to the back of the student's mind. If a person simply creates a schedule and allots more time for work to be done, this will never be an issue.


Procrastinating, simply stated, sets a person up for failure. It is true that many people procrastinate often and have yet to have any issues, but chances are, their time will come. It is imperative to leave oneself enough time to complete a task thoroughly and skillfully. Otherwise, it is too easy to create extra stress, which gets in the way, do a slapdash job, or worse, forget to complete the task at all.