Procrastination is the deferment or avoidance of an action or task to a later time. Procrastination and perfectionism often go hand in hand. Procrastination predicts higher levels of consumption of alcohol among those people who drink. Procrastination destroys teamwork in the workplace and private relationships. Procrastination, like any habit, can be difficult to overcome. Procrastination is letting the low-priority tasks get in the way of high-priority ones.

Procrastination usually has the same net results in all areas of one'slife wasted time, missed opportunities, poor performance and/or increasedstress. Procrastination, anxiety, distraction, these things seem to be interrelated. Research on the physiological roots of procrastination mostly surrounds the role of the prefrontal cortex.

Damage or low activation in this area can reduce an individual's ability to filter out distracting stimuli, ultimately resulting in poorer organization, a loss of attention and increased procrastination.

Traditionally, procrastination has been associated with perfectionism, a tendency to negatively evaluate outcomes and one's own performance, intense fear and avoidance of evaluation of one's abilities by others, heightened social self-consciousness and anxiety, recurrent low mood, and workaholism.

Too many of us have become addicted to email, to our feed readers, to Twitter and IM, to forums, to social sites like MySpace and YouTube and Digg. Go one whole day without checking email. This is a powerful step — in order to disconnect your urge to check email from the actual action of checking it, you need to be aware of your urges.

Procrastinating almost guarantees failure, but it helps perfectionists maintain their belief that they could have excelled if they had tried harder!