How Anxiety-Related Procrastination Can Be Beneficial

Everyone has had their own share of procrastination. When a less favorable task is given, people tend to long for other tasks or avoid doing it even if it’s something very important. Others don’t have much of a choice and are forced to do the task anyway. The tendency to procrastinate is normal for most of the people especially with routine work. Employees need to unwind and distress from their routine jobs every now and then to avoid getting burned out. However, there is a certain type of procrastination which is brought about by anxiety. It can happen when a person suffering from anxiety faces a task that is not just unfavorable but also quite frightening. It is frightening in a sense that the task is important, it is difficult and carries a huge accountability to the one assigned. This can cause pressure and stress to the person suffering from anxiety due to fear of failure or inadequacy to undertake the job. In this case, the person can end up avoiding the task and doing something else less anxiety inducing.

The problem of procrastination can vary from being manageable to severe. In any case, your employer is the last person you should hope to find out or else you can lose your job. Whether you are among those suffering from anxiety or not, there is a good chance that you have procrastinated many times before and that you are aware of the gratification that comes with it. Quite interestingly, procrastinating do has its perks. Experts cite this as a reason why some procrastinators find it difficult to change this habit. Some procrastinators love to beat the deadlines. They love the challenge that comes with running after time and so they delay doing the task until it is near the deadline. These kinds of procrastinators are called the active procrastinators. They procrastinate but they are still productive. Their problematic counterparts are the passive procrastinators. Passive procrastinators are the ones suffering from their procrastination by losing many opportunities and experiencing more stress and anxiety.

If you are an active procrastinator, you may have noticed how you have gained some benefits by putting off a task for a more enjoyable one. Some problems may have just been resolved without you lifting a finger or someone else may have done the task for you. You may have also loved the free time you claimed for yourself and just spent it relaxing or introspecting. Then, when you finally decided to do your job, you even get to do it in a faster pace. But if you are a passive procrastinator, you have already experienced being crippled by anxiety and ended up not finishing the job.

If you are suffering from anxiety, it is important that you recognize the crippling effect of your condition. You will have to overcome your procrastination or it can only cause you more distress. But overcoming does not necessarily mean eradication. As mentioned above, procrastination can also be good. Make sure you get to use your time properly. You can organize your schedule in a way that accommodates a free time or a procrastination time when you can just relax and free your mind from distractions. It takes time and practice to achieve results. This way, you get to deal with your anxiety while maintaining your productivity.

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