Life is not easy for a procrastinator. We all know that the thing that makes procrastinator, a procrastinator is putting off tasks on tomorrow which is actually the easiest thing to do, but still, it’s not easy for a chronic procrastinator. Why should we say so? Because a feeling which accompanies procrastinators is the guilt of procrastination which never allows them to enjoy the leisure time which comes as a result of procrastination.
If you are not a procrastinator then you would ask, ‘why the procrastinator doesn’t stop procrastinating to stop feeling guilty?’ It’s because this is not deliberate for true procrastinators. The guilt of procrastination tells us that procrastinators understand that they are not living up to their full potential. They are willing to take charge but ‘joy of the moment’ keeps them from doing what they ought to do and thus, they end up going with the flow.
Such people aren’t the owner of their minds; they are controlled by some hidden authority behind the folds of their minds which doesn’t allow them to make choices wisely.
The guilt of procrastination, if you ask me, can have both positive as well as negative impact on one’s mind.
Guilt and its handmaiden, shame, can paralyze us––or catalyze us into action. Appropriate guilt can function as social glue, spurring one to make reparations for wrongs. Excessive rumination about one’s failures, however, is a sure fire recipe for resentment and depression.
In my last article I had talked about the work life depression. While reading about depression I had found that depressed people are good procrastinators. They generally lose interest in their surroundings and procrastination automatically fills up the void. But this makes me ask a question, what comes first? Is it the procrastination or the depression? It’s difficult to identify the mother and the child in this relationship. Perhaps, it varies from person to person.
The fact that has to be considered here is that the guilt of procrastination can make our lives miserable. We would constantly look into our failure which could further lead to self-hatred and depression. In these circumstances it becomes very necessary to control such thoughts and feelings from getting onto our nerves. I know it’s not easy as I have been through it (I had even stopped blogging a few months ago. I still write every article after a lot of struggle with my own mind) but…
It takes courage to choose the moment and to act, as it means facing our anxiety and moving forward in spite of these feelings.