The thing that consistently causes me the most stress is procrastination. Procrastination is defined as the voluntary delay of some important task that we intend to do, despite knowing that we’ll suffer as a result. When faced with a large number of tedious and overwhelming tasks I always seem to procrastinate. I believe that it’s a problem with managing time, when in fact, it’s a much more complex issue. When I procrastinate I don’t do it because I underestimate how long a task will take. Instead, I seem to be overly optimistic about my ability to get the job done, as well as the opportunities that I have to get the assignment done. When I procrastinate I feel caught and trapped in a vortex of anxiety, stress and procrastination.
My ADHD definitely doesn’t help me with keeping on task and not procrastinating. It aids in my distractions and enhances them. When I procrastinate my anxiety grows immensely. Anxiety is a dread of something that can happen soon or in the distant future. This built-in survival feeling is sufficiently strong to cause you to avoid real threats, but in today’s society it’s mainly felt due to deadlines and stress.
20 percent of people claim that they are chronic procrastinators. This means that they put things off until it’s too late or until the last minute in all aspects of their lives. Procrastination is the easiest way to set yourself up to fail. If you have trouble with this, there are many resources that can help you. It isn’t something that will go away and it isn’t a sign of a lack of discipline. In order to make a change, you first have to determine what causes you to put things off.