Simply defining, Procrastination is voluntarily delaying the tasks for a longer period of time. But, it could happen both intentionally and unintentionally. Intentionally, it is due to lack of moods, emotions & motivations and unintentionally because of the shortage of time.
Procrastination is considered as evil. It not only delays your tasks but makes you a habitual task avoider. You may not finish your tasks on time, you will wait for deadlines, and ultimately you will not commit 100% on your given tasks.
Why we Procrastinate our work? It is because we are not motivated to complete it. If we don’t have any motivations then we may not stick to it. And when we don’t stick to it, then there are lesser chances of completion of our work. Suppose we are motivated a bit, then it may happen that we are not setting the proper reminder to finish our tasks and we are completely diverted from our goals. Motivations should be inbound or continuous. Procrastination is like keeping a bad faith in our abilities. When we are given a task, we would feel under the wrong impressions of finishing tasks on last dates. As a result, we would not start working immediately, we would intentionally delay and give unlimited excuses. Somewhere in our mind, there might be a feeling that we are supposed to finish our tasks in so & so period of time. It means we are aware of our thing, but we like to delay voluntarily. The guilt feelings would shape into a regular habit. Conclusively, we would complete the tasks at the last moment. No doubt, we may finish it and at its best. But it may be possible that we would miss some important points related to our work and we wouldn’t revise or conclude it properly.
There is a reason why Greek Poet Hesiod says “not to put your work off till tomorrow and the day after.”
When people procrastinate, then there is a high level of stress on arriving deadlines. As a result, the personal well being gets affected and people would feel de-motivated and exhausted. The failure in setting priorities and regulating the daily tasks would impact negatively on our over-all behaviour. Procrastination is just a lack of seriousness. Once we start caring for what we do we may not procrastinate. Though procrastination is studied under the area of psychology and science, its impacts could be seen on philosophical concepts of virtue, ethics, judgements and the unmeasured consequences. The chances of being unethical would be high on an increased level of stress due to delay. No doubt, procrastination has an ill-effect and could be controlled by adopting ways to check our procrastination habits.
Scientifically. Procrastination is considered as a gap between intention and actions. People are intended towards completing a task but due to lack of proper drives, one may not feel committed to acting. A strong commitment to work would bring better results. And this strong level of commitment is achieved by stopping ourselves from procrastinating tasks.