Pro­cras­ti­nate at your own peril

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

Fid­dling around when you should be work­ing to fin­ish a project could do more than annoy your boss. New re­search says it could be bad for your health.

Re­searchers re­port in the jour­nal Psy­cho­log­i­cal Science that stress caused by avoid­ing the in­evitable dead­line is po­ten­tially dam­ag­ing to your heart. The study, by psy­cho­log­i­cal sci­en­tist Fuschia Sirois of Bishop’s Uni­ver­sity in Que­bec, found chronic pro­cras­ti­na­tion is as­so­ci­ated with hy­per­ten­sion and heart dis­ease. The data showed that post­pon­ing im­por­tant tasks led to stress, help­ing to make some­one more sus­cep­ti­ble to dis­ease.

To break the cy­cle, there are two be­hav­iors to avoid: steer­ing clear of deal­ing with the prob­lem or project and self-blame.

But if you pro­cras­ti­nate by drink­ing cof­fee, that may not be so bad. As the New York Times re­ported this week: “Cof­fee has long had a rep­u­ta­tion as be­ing un­healthy. But in al­most ev­ery sin­gle re­spect, that rep­u­ta­tion is back­ward. The po­ten­tial health benefits are sur­pris­ingly large,” wrote Aaron Car­roll, an In­di­ana Uni­ver­sity pe­di­atrics pro­fes­sor.

And that cup of joe could give you the en­ergy to fin­ish that loom­ing project. So get to work.

Hey, quit pro­cras­ti­nat­ing. It could be bad for your health.

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