If it's so bad for us, then why do we do it? We vow it's not going to happen again. Then, suddenly, we're smack up against the deadline. We've done it again -- procrastinated.

It feels awful. There's that horrible sinking feeling or sometimes outright panic. So we scramble, hustle, pull it off. But at what price? Our stress level skyrockets, others are critical, and our own internal critic often berates us.

Since the consequences of procrastination are often negative, it can be difficult to understand why we do it. Let's shed some light on the issue by taking a quick look at what procrastination gives us.

There certainly are ways of dealing with procrastination, should you choose to do so. But a good place to start is to try to figure out the deeper needs you have and to see if there are better ways of meeting them than this.

"This is the perplexing thing about procrastination: although it seems to involve avoiding unpleasant tasks, indulging in it generally doesn't make people happy."

-- JAMES SUROWIECKI

"Procrastinate now; don't put it off."

-- ELLEN DEGENERES

"Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy."

-- WAYNE DYER