My second child was in her first year. I took a job with San Diego City Schools as a teachers aid. It was a dream job for me. I only had to "go in" to work one day a week. The rest I did at home.
My job was to visit kids who had, for one reason or another, been expelled or dropped out of school. They had the opportunity to finish high school at home. I took them course contracts, books, picked up homework, corrected papers and helped them, the best I could, to get through classes.
At the end of each day out, I picked up my daughter, came home threw my bag in the closet and got on with my day. The day before I was to see the kids again, I pulled my bag out, went over their homework, corrected papers and organized for the next day. One particular day, as I corrected an important paper for one of my seniors, it was a fail. My stomach turned, as my head went in all sorts of directions. If I didn't make this right, this young man would fail the class and not get his diploma.
My procrastination, now, had effected someone else in a profound way. If I had done my work in a timely fashion, I could have had him redo that paper. He would have been set back one week, not an entire semester. If I recall correctly, it did work out, but not without a lot of stress for him and me.
From that day to this, some 31 years, I get my work done ASAP. It has served me well over the years. I would venture to guess, procrastination hurts the procrastinator more than anyone else. At the same time, our procrastination has the potential to hurt, stress or otherwise affect others, regularly.
Think of the friend or relative in your life you cannot count on. Those who are always late or drop the ball. A co-worker you have to cover for, or worse, pick up extra work because they didn't do it. Not to mention the toll on our health from stress. With things hanging over our heads, there can be no real peace.
I would imagine procrastination has the potential to keep people in dead end jobs, bad marriages, overweight, sick and unhappy.
I read somewhere a long time ago; Do one thing everyday toward your dream and you will have it. That's my tactic in life. Everyday I try to do one thing to further my dreams and goals. Most days it's something small. Some days not so small. The point is, I'm working toward something better everyday.
So, remember, small changes reap big rewards. Time goes by whether you are procrastinating or taking action. Life is not stagnant, everyday, you either get closer to, or further from your dreams in life.
Fantasizing the freedom to be active and moving forward always.