For millions of professional men and women, procrastination has become a phenomenon which is impacting both family and work life. Time management complications at work, and at home, plague millions of professional, working adults. In recent research studies, it has been found that professional adults who procrastinate will commonly suffer from a co morbid psychological condition; often anxiety or depression. Understanding the symptoms of procrastination, the symptoms of depression, and the connection which often leads to lack of productivity in work and family life, may work to improve the outcome of time management in these working professionals.
Procrastination, for many working professionals, is simply found to be a condition in which important tasks or projects are deferred and focus is placed on less meaningful projects. Often, when questioned as to the basis for procrastination, the working professional will describe the important project as one that is not interesting or challenging. This lack of interest often is the underlying basis for the incompletion of many important career related issues, projects and tasks.
Co morbid to the lack of interest and procrastination is often a case of depression. When working professionals suffer from depression and, in some cases, anxiety, the most prominent symptom is the general lack of interest in anything of significance. So, while the project or task related to work may be a normal interest of the professional adult, the depression may be overshadowing all interests, therefore leading to incomplete project completion or, in some cases, work that is completed at the last minute. When the working professional experiences this added stress of deadlines, the depression, anxiety and procrastination only worsen, creating a cyclical event.
For working professionals who suffer from the cycle of poor time management and procrastination, the first step in treatment may be to address any underlying psychological factors. Visit a healthcare professional for considering into career or professional development therapy in addition to consideration in the use of anti-depressants. With a combination approach to improve chemical imbalances internally, while modifying thought processes through mental health therapy, the working professional commonly reports successful improvement in procrastination. In doing so, the general lack of interest in activities which were once exciting may improve and, therefore, provide an overall improvement in work productivity and further career enhancement. The key to success treatment is to determine which came first; depression or procrastination. Even when this is unknown, the working professional should consult a healthcare professional in treatment options and will soon realize an improvement mood, anxiety and an improvement in the work environment.