The Guilt of Procrastination


Guilt of Procrastination, relation between depression and procrastination
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.


19 thoughts on “The Guilt of Procrastination”

    1. Thank You so much, Purba. 🙂 The case is very same with me. Procrastination is mostly accompanied with the guilt of procrastination. And this never allows us to enjoy the leisure time. It’s better to stay working to stay happy. 😀

  1. I hate procrastination, except when I am in doubt whether to do something or not 🙁
    I want to do whatever I want to do as early as possible. It has helped me with the syllabus during my MA; I knew what my thesis was going to be before anyone began thinking about it 🙂
    I am sure that I will have the guilt otherwise.

    1. It’s a very good habit to accomplish tasks on time. I wish I could do that always. I am one of the greatest procrastinators of our time, I believe. 😛
      Thank You so much, Teny. I wish you keep performing well and never get to go through the guilt of procrastination.

  2. NAMRATA Thank you for your insight. You are very astute to bring procrastination and depression into the field of guilt. Since I was paralyzed with shame and guilt, most of my life I had to find a solution. I did. May I share it with you? Guilt is the product of shame and shame is the product of guilt. Guilt is conscious and shame is unconscious and they support each other. Therefore in order to rid the guilt we must find the shame that is fueling it. I have more ideas if you are interested in my new book “Emotional Revolution=Evolution Releasing shame/guilt.” It will be available October 2015. All my best and thank you for your forum.

    1. Hello Lois! I am so glad that you found my blog and shared your ideas with me. I would love to know more about the guilt that is talked about here. I am trying to get rid of that shame and guilt at my personal level. It would be a great help if your share some more ideas regarding this. Also, I am very interested in reading your book.

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  4. a very well written piece Namrata. Khub bhalo laglo pore. I was lloking for something like this as I am currently going thorugh the same phase. hopefully your article would help me overcome the guilt that comes with procrastination.

    1. This is the best reply one can send me on my posts. The idea is always to impact and help people as me. I am thankful to you for reading and sharing your views. Please visit often. 🙂 Take care.

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