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March6–12

National Procrastination Week – March 6-12, 2023

National Procrastination Week takes place during the first two weeks of March every year and is from March 6 to 12 this year. However, to really get into the mood of the observance, the date may be shifted to a later week. While some procrastinate more than others, everyone has indeed done this at one point or the other in their lives. Often, we find the need to sacrifice one task for another, and this might leave us dissatisfied. Thus, on this special holiday, we bring things into perspective while making the right sacrifices, laying more emphasis on our mental well-being.

History of National Procrastination Week

National Procrastination Week has been observed in the first or second week of March, since 2008. In the spirit of procrastination, the date is flexible and the holiday could be postponed until a later date. National Procrastination Week was born out of the idea that we should have one week to enjoy the things that we have put off for a long time. It is a time for loosening up and stress-free exercise.

Procrastination is derived from the Latin words ‘pro,’ meaning ‘forward,’ and ‘crastinus,’ meaning ‘tomorrow.’ Procrastination is the act of putting off a job, mostly something important, till a later time — And it is usually painted negatively.

National Procrastination Week, however, is a time to help procrastinators arrange their schedule in such a way that they can enjoy a week to delay those important things they usually have to do. These are then picked up again after the holiday when important work is resumed.

The weeks leading to the holiday are devoted to regular tasks and focus on the most important activities, while the week of the holiday provides an opportunity to relax, ease off and engage in leisurely pursuits that aren’t a necessity. These may include exercising, reading, hiking, and hanging out with friends and family. It could be any of the things that are not that serious.

It must also be noted that this holiday does not support laziness in any way. Rather, it helps to keep procrastinators organized, making them carry out important work now so they can enjoy the week.

National Procrastination Week timeline

800 B.C.
Hesiod's Advice on Procrastination

The Greek poet Hesiod writes not to “put your work off till tomorrow and the day after.”

16th Century
English Borrows Word from Latin

English speakers borrow the word procrastination from the Latin ‘procrastinus.’

2000
Procrastination Described as a Self-defeating Behavior

Researchers Tice and Ferrari conclude that procrastination is a self-defeating behavior.

2008
First Recorded National Procrastination Week

National Procrastination Week is observed for the first time.

National Procrastination Week FAQs

What is the cause of procrastination?

Some of the causes of procrastination include depression, perfectionism, abstract goals, A.D.H.D., and lack of motivation.

What are the consequences of procrastination?

Procrastination can lead to anxiety, financial issues, and failure to meet deadlines, amongst others.

Is procrastination a disorder?

When procrastination begins to affect the important functions of one’s life, then it could assume the status of a mental disorder.

How to Observe National Procrastination Week

  1. Get all important work done

    While the holiday emphasizes that all important work is done, recreational activities should be enjoyed including things like cooking, walking, and reading. And if there are any lingering tasks, better to get them done during the week.

  2. Join a procrastinators' club

    As a procrastinator, it is good to be encouraged by people who understand your situation. Joining a club can help you be more organized.

  3. Make a to-do list

    During National Procrastination Week, you can draw up a plan for the whole week. Include some important works, but don't forget to add fun activities too.

5 Important Facts About Procrastination

  1. Procrastination is associated with mental issues

    Procrastination, especially chronic procrastination, is associated with mental issues like anxiety.

  2. Academic procrastination is widespread

    Procrastination is prevalent among students and teachers alike.

  3. Men procrastinate more than women

    Studies have shown that men tend to procrastinate more than women.

  4. Genetics can influence procrastination

    It has been found that some people inherit the habit of procrastination from their parents.

  5. Procrastination is not necessarily associated with intelligence

    A person's intelligence level is not a common determinant of their habit to procrastinate.

Why National Procrastination Week is Important

  1. It helps to understand the habit more

    On National Procrastination Week, more emphasis is placed on the effects of procrastination. This sheds more light on the habit and how to deal with it.

  2. It is a time for self-reflection

    As National Procrastination Week approaches, people tend to quickly put things in order. This gives them a clear plan for the week itself and the following weeks as well.

  3. It is a time to relax

    National Procrastination Week is a holiday that allows us to consider the tasks we have at hand, and how to better deal with them. This can help relieve anxiety and stress.

National Procrastination Week dates

YearDateDay
2022March 7Monday
2023March 6Monday
2024March 4Monday
2025March 3Monday
2026March 9Monday

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