Putting off something until later is an act or, if it happens repeatedly, a behavioral pattern. Procrastination is the incidental act or the ongoing demeanor of delaying and postponing what needs to be done to a later time. Procrastination as a cause or an outcome has been investigated in multidisciplinary research in relation to performance, self-regulation, choice, and productivity. Though generally viewed with negative sentiment, procrastination is not only associated with laziness, stress, and self-sabotage; managing procrastination is linked with more constructive variables such as time management, task enjoyment, improved energy levels, and optimal choice among tasks competing for an individual’s attention. Accordingly, procrastination has economic implications for businesses and employment, as well as health and social repercussions.

Causes and Consequences of Procrastination

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