Recent research has shown the procrastination can have significant impacts on not only your productivity, but also can cause major health issues.
Based on research conducted for an upcoming book, “Procrastination, Health, and Well Being”, studies have found significant health impacts that result from procrastination.
In research performed by Dr. Fuschia Sirois, Ph.D. (Sheffield University, UK) , her “procrastination-health model” demonstrated that higher procrastination levels were associated with greater incidence of Hypertension (“HT”) and Cardio-Vascular Disease (“CVD”) when compared to healthy individuals.
Most alarming was that this effect was found even after controlling for other known predictors of HT and CVD, such as age, sex, ethnicity, education level, and several major personality traits associated with these conditions.
While acknowledging the limitations of this single study, Dr. Sirois highlights the importance of this to anyone with cardiovascular problems:
The bottom line here is that procrastination impacts more than “soft issues” such as personal productivity, happiness, success, and achievement.
It also has a strong association with significant, physical ailments, including HT/CVD, and is especially a risk for anyone with these conditions.
Bottom line is that your procrastination can be making you sick!
Although Dr. Pycyl’s book is not yet out (it's scheduled for mid-2016),he has another great book on strategies for dealing with procrastination that you may want to look at:
He also runs the Procrastination Research Group, which is a website that focuses on procrastination issues, articles, and resources, so feel free to check it out as well.