Procrastination is unhealthy, unproductive and completely ineffective. It's also my middle name.
Procrastinating is all around us: We wait until the last day to do most of our work, we plan to start diets "tomorrow" for about six months before giving up on eating right entirely, and we ignore most of life's problems until they come catching up to us in some horrible way.
Well, apparently, research shows that procrastination has other negative effects on our lives other than just making us late, hot messes.
NYMag reports that people who admit to procrastinating through life are also more likely to develop heart disease, according to a 10-year study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
The study also found that procrastination is likely linked to our genetics and is an inheritable trait passed down in our bloodlines.
Stress is also detrimental to our health, and procrastination definitely does not have a calming effect on our moods at all. When our assignments or obligations are coming up, and we haven't even begun to work on them, chances are we're bound to be more stressed than we would if we had actually started doing our work at a normal time.
So perhaps one way to make sure we keep our hearts healthy is by organizing and prioritizing our responsibilities. That way, we don't have to deal with procrastination. Think of it like procrastinating procrastination.
Sounds like an awesome plan. I'll definitely get started on that... tomorrow.