Negative Effects of Procrastination

Procrastination (Photo credit: Tysh)

by Tracey Hausel
There are many negative effects of procrastination, but you may not think about them when you are in the middle of procrastinating.

What ARE the Negative Effects of Procrastination?
The Negative Effects of Procrastination take place in all of your major life areas:
  • Relationships with Your Spouse or Significant Other
  • Relationships with Your Children
  • Work/Business
  • Health
  • Finances

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How are each of these areas affected by your lack of action?

Lets take a look at 5 areas of your life and how procrastinating affects it.
Adverse Effects of Relationships with Your Spouse or Significant Other
You love your partner.
You truly do, but does she know it?
Do you keep thinking that you should send her some flowers or take her on a date?
Do you promise that you will do stuff together and you just never get around to it? Do you
promise that you will complete your house to-do list but you keep putting it off?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, I want you to think. What are you doing to
your relationship with your significant other? Maybe she is irritated with you. Then, you
become irritated with her
What could be the big negative effect of procrastination? You break up. Now, if you’re not
married, you might think that’s no big deal. There are other fish in the sea and so on and
so forth. Really?
What happens when you do the same thing to your next partner? Now, if you are
married, think about the expense and stress of a divorce.
Negative Side Effects of Procrastination in Relationships With Your Children
If you don’t have kids, skip this one and go to the next section. If you do have kids, what
kind of example are you giving them? They see you putting stuff off so why wouldn’t they
put the chores and school work off?
Now, what happens if you have procrastinated in setting up your will and you die? Will
the kids go to the person you want them to go to?
If you have loads of debt, because you put off getting your finances in order, what kind of
legacy are you leaving them?
Debilitating Effects of Your Business
You know there are a few things you must do in your business in order for it to grow or
even get started. For me they are meeting people, putting out content, and
communicating with my list. There are other things to, but nothing will happen if I don’t
do those three basic things.
Now, imagine you decided that you would write that blog post tomorrow. When you
finally do get around to it, how many days did you waste? Is it a month later? How the
heck are you going to build a business if you produce content only once a month? Not
gonna happen.
How Does Procrastination Affect Your Health?
What if you have skipped having your regular check ups? Then, one day, you find a lump
on your breast. The doctor tells you that either it’s too late and you are going to die or
you have to have a mastectomy.
You keep putting off eating healthier until tomorrow never comes. Tomorrow never
comes because you die of a heart attack. Do you get my drift?
Negative Effects of Procrastination on Your Finances
Imagine you keep saying that you will pay your bills tomorrow. Now, mind you, you
actually do have the money. You just keep procrastinating on paying them. Well, boys
and girls, as my mentor would say, “That’s when your bills have bills.”
Some of those late payment fees can be upwards of 35 bucks! How many a month are you
paying because of your procrastination?
So what do you do now?
I suggest you write down five things that you have been procrastinating in each area of
your life. Then, set some time aside and do them. Make a game out of it. How?
  • Put on a song and see how far or how much you can do in one of your areas affected by Procrastinating.
  • Get a buddy. Tell someone what you are going to do and have them hold you accountable.
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Those are just a few suggestions of how to get rid of the “negative effects of
procrastination”. Brainstorm and find some more.
Please share on Facebook and Google +. Let us know in the comment sections your
negative effects of procrastination. Procrastination can really destroy your life if you let
it. Why are you procrastinating?
If you want tips, tricks, and strategies on stopping procrastination, visit Tracey Hausel’s
blog at If you’d like to be coached by
Tracey contact her at
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