Procrastination is a major source of stress for many

Real Estate Agent with CB&A Realtors 599921 Texas

If I've learned anything at all in life it's that the number one cause of stress, for me at least, is procrastination. Yes, there are other triggers, but when I'm really honest with myself I can see that most of the other triggers are a result of procrastination.

Procrasitation is the number one cause of stressTo illustrate, think about times when you've put something off until you can't put it off any longer, and how you felt when you finally dealt with it. Relieved?

However, the problem is that you don't suddenly begin to think of it when you are racing against a deadline. You think of it every day until you finally decide to get it done (while sometimes feeling resentful that the task has grown in scope -- due to procrastination). It creeps into your mind when you're driving, walking, doing other tasks, and even spending time with friends and family. It's like that extra five pounds you need to lose that won't let you fit into your favorite outfit; it's there every day and promotes a negative thought response that can bring down your mood and even cause you to lose sleep.

The good news is that this is an easy ailment to cure. Whatever it is that you need to do, do it now and stop making excuses. If the task can't be fully accomplished for reasons beyond your Quote from Johann Wolfgang on Goethecontrol, do what you can and communicate with others that may be involved. Don't leave it festering while using the excuse that "someone else needs to do their part." You can be the catalyst that pushes everything along.

“Things may come to those who wait but only the things left by those that hustle.”  -- Abraham Lincoln

Making excuses, making promises to yourself that you don't keep, and projecting blame onto others are the stress-inducing side effects of procrastination, and they will not go away until the root cause of the problem is dealt with.

Focusing on doing what is yours to be done and doing it when it presents itself is an enormous relief and can be the path to freedom from daily, nagging concerns. Give it a try or make it a resolution, you might change your day to day life in meaningful ways.


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Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good morning Kate McQueen, REALTOR® great information.

Jan 01, 2018 09:34 AM #1
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I feel so good and empowered when I complete things and get my list of "to-do's" done.  I know when I am putting things off.  

Jan 01, 2018 09:54 AM #2
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Thanks, Kate. I will carry the "Do it Now" attitude over into 2018. I have struggled with procrastination in the past. It does feel great whenever we accomplish our goals. 

Happy New Year!

Jan 01, 2018 10:10 AM #3
Raymond Denton
Homesmart / Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
Shady Canyon Specialist

I've got a pile of bills I've been meaning to get to, Kate - you're right ... putting them off is stressful.

Jan 01, 2018 10:55 AM #4
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I wish I had time to procrastinate. My problem is trying to get to everything on my "to-do" done. There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish all I want/need to do. I've gotta work on that.

Jan 01, 2018 02:16 PM #5
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Get the job done early and you don't have to worry if it will be on time

Jan 01, 2018 03:29 PM #6
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks Kate, this is something that I have struggled with most of my life.



Jan 21, 2018 04:46 PM #7
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Kate McQueen, REALTOR® ,

I'm glad that Bob Crane re-blogged your post..I missed it!  There doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish all I want to do. I'm not a procrastinator..I have my to-do list!

Jan 21, 2018 07:11 PM #8
Andy Brown-Climer School of Real Estate
The Climer School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
The Best Real Estate School in Florida

Kate, good blog. Remember to try to get the right keywords in there so Google will find them and you will rank high when others are searching.

Jan 16, 2019 07:52 PM #9
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