Waste Time, Waste Money: How Much Does Procrastination Cost?

Allison Kade
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Your parents (and LearnVest) have told you a million times never to procrastinate, but sometimes it just feels right to hit the snooze button, put off an assignment for work, or buy an expensive salad for lunch instead of brown bagging it. We know that. We understand and accept that sanity and restfulness has a price, too.

What’s your BEST TIP for avoiding procrastination? Let us know in the comments, please! If we try it and it works for us we’ll give you a nifty LearnVest prize!

In the meantime, we’ve done the math to show you how much procrastination can really cost:

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  • carolinewaxler

    My best method is to comment on LearnVest! It helps my productivity!

  • Susan

    I work out before I start on a big project. It clears my mind.

    • Mrs.DonDraper

      Me, too. I used to run but now find that biking works best. A quick bike ride and I can totally focus.

  • CindyO

    I remind myself that it takes more energy to fight off feelings of guilt for procrastinating than it does to just get the task done in the first place.

    • carolinewaxler

      Exactly! Sometimes totally easier to just get to it.

  • Naenay

    To fight procrastination, I use my computer.

    To pay bills I use a separate email account that tell me when my bills are due and I use the calendar to manage all those things. For lunch, my problem is that I forget it so I leave my keys on my lunch in the fridge.

    For projects, I sit at a different seat so that I can focus. If there is nothing else on your desk, there is nothing else to be distracted by.

    For my checking, I have text messaging alerts set up so if it dips below a certain amount, it texts me almost immediately.

  • paula

    I put important deadlines on a physical calendar on the wall where I will see it (my desk, or by my bed) so that I can visualize exactly how much time I have to get it done & then don't forget it last minute.

  • atxgirl

    Schedule things like going to the gym or renew registration in your google or outlook calendar. Program your phone to ring when it’s time and you won’t have an excuse to ignore it since you are probably always near your phone.

  • carolinewaxler

    Hey commenters–Thanks for your suggestions! These are great! We just got a very very cool prize to give away for the best suggestion. We'll be picking tomorrow. Unless we procrastinate…kidding!
    But, if you want to throw some more suggestions our way before that, too, go for it!

  • Olga

    the best way to battle procrastination: nnIs firstly to understand its not going to make things any better, but add stress and worry and eventually guilt, that all ends taking up a lot more energy then battling through and getting the the task done and get to enjoy ones productivity. i very rewarding feeling.nnemail and phone reminders are great. set them earlier if it takes you more time to get to them.nim a lists kinda of girl. I like to make lists (and especially check them off) of things that need to be done and prioritize. I find it helpful to have a tangible reminder that i can see at all times. so i dont have to remember to remember. a physical list and calendar nearby is a great visual and tool to gauge time. nI purposely trick myself and note things with an earlier deadline than when the actual deadline is, alotting more time for a task ensures it will get done and knocks out the stress. puts me more at ease you never know what may come up. even if you somehow cant help but procrastinate the early deadline, it gears you up to be sure to get it done for the final deadline. nthis even includes my watch, its always 10 minutes ahead. it only takes that much to miss the train/bus or an appointment. extra time is an asset.nnI pack my purse and lunch all the day before and have it ready for the morning, that way i feel less stressed and i can actually sleep, thus probably not needing to press the snooze button although is always tempting. if its a day out of the ordinary i make sure to make a list of what i need to take and prepare and have it by the door to check off. nni little premptive effort goes a long way for sure. ou’ll get so use to it that you’ll develop anti-procrastination where you end up getting things done way before you need too. i prefere the later. n

  • Susanna Swift

    I prepare a list each month for all bills that need to be paid indicating the “payment due” date. Then I organize my bills in a simple Days 1-31 small organizer and put them in the appropriate slots to mail about 4 days before their due date.
    I also make a list once a week about important phone calls I need to make or things I must follow-up on.

  • Susanna Swift

    I prepare a list each month for all bills that need to be paid indicating the “payment due” date. Then I organize my bills in a simple Days 1-31 small organizer and put them in the appropriate slots to mail about 4 days before their due date.
    I also make a list once a week about important phone calls I need to make or things I must follow-up on.

  • http://profiles.google.com/simpson.ashly Ashly Simpson

    My latest procrastination buster is to do a “Power Hour”. I challenge myself to get as many tasks on my To Do List accomplished in that hour as possible. I have several “Power Hours” each day and it truly makes a difference.

  • http://profiles.google.com/simpson.ashly Ashly Simpson

    My latest procrastination buster is to do a “Power Hour”. I challenge myself to get as many tasks on my To Do List accomplished in that hour as possible. I have several “Power Hours” each day and it truly makes a difference.

  • http://profiles.google.com/simpson.ashly Ashly Simpson

    My latest procrastination buster is to do a “Power Hour”. I challenge myself to get as many tasks on my To Do List accomplished in that hour as possible. I have several “Power Hours” each day and it truly makes a difference.