Travis Bradberry writes about this in Forbes, June 1, 2016.
He says you can get addicted to procrastination--you diddle around all day and then have to work long into the night--sound familiar?
They did an experiment at Case Western. Instead of a deadline, they gave college students a date range in which papers must be submitted. They compared the turn-in dates to the stress levels. Those who waited until the last minute, had higher stress--big shock.
Researchers have also found a link between procrastination and heart disease and high blood pressure.
What are some of the excuses people give for putting things off?
--I don't know where to begin. Like a deer in the headlights, you better move in some direction--and fast. If a task is that difficult you don't have time to spare dithering. Break the task into parts--as I said move in SOME direction. Work for say 60 minutes.
--There are too many distractions. Tasks that are too easy are a trap--you may underestimate the time needed. Also, you can link small boring tasks to a great objective. If you don't file materials, you can't find them again quickly when the boss is standing there. As for distractions, don't let them be.
--I don't like it. Do that one first. Then you won't dread it.
--I don't think I can do it. This is a failure thought. Or a FEAR of failure thought. Don't start--never fail. But it doesn't work that way. Procrastinating is already failing. Shift your mind into a confident direction. Visualize the positives of doing the task well, the recognition, the praise--and most importantly, removal of the task from the queue--at least for a while.
Put off putting things off. Less dread, fewer sinking feelings, less guilt. It can be pretty sweet.