The Health Effect of Procrastinating on Maintenance Services


Do you find yourself saying “I’ll do it later” more than “I’ll do it now”? You may be part of the 20 percent of U.S. adults who are chronic procrastinators, according to a study by a psychologist at DePaul University in Chicago.

If you’re a facility manager, building owner, or property manager, there are likely maintenance services on your to-do list you prefer to avoid or wait until it’s a more convenient time to deal. Those items may include scheduling a carpet clean or getting your facility’s windows washed.

It’s understandable why many people in this position may procrastinate maintenance services and wait until the last minute or contact vendors. It’s tasks like these that can cause stress because the process can be daunting (i.e. finding a company at a decent rate or hiring quality workers). The last thing you may have time for is calling multiple vendors or dealing with the same vendor you’ve had for years – especially if they are difficult to reach and/or work with. Then, the procrastination sets in.

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Why Do We Procrastinate?

According to an article published in the New York Times, procrastination isn’t just about laziness. In fact, Dr. Fuschia Sirois, professor of psychology at the University of Sheffield, says it’s also about our self-awareness of knowing we shouldn’t avoid the task – yet we still dismiss the task anyway.

“This is why we say that procrastination is essentially irrational,” Dr. Sirois told the Times. “It doesn’t make sense to do something you know is going to have negative consequences. People engage in this irrational cycle of chronic procrastination because of an inability to manage negative moods around a task.”

Procrastination Could Be Affecting Your Health

While it may seem obvious that procrastination ultimately raises stress levels, it has been found to also result in mental health problems.

In 2003, Dr. Sirois learned procrastination had a connection to “poorer health, treatment delay, perceived stress, and fewer wellness behaviors.” When the study was revisited in 2015, she and her team discovered the behavior was also a factor in hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Clearly, stress is a powerful thing.

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How Can a Facility Owner or Property Manager Plan Ahead?

Some months can bring unexpected surprises for owners and managers, which may cause routine maintenance needs to be forgotten. Rather than book maintenance services a month at a time, here are just a few services you can schedule in advance for the entire year so you don’t have to procrastinate or worry about making time on your calendar to coordinate:

  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Electrostatic Disinfectant Treatment
  • Matting Services
  • Detail Cleaning
  • Hard Floor Care
  • Lawn and Landscaping
  • Pressure Washing
  • Window Washing

Ready to Book Your Maintenance Services for the Year?

At City Wide, we can schedule all your facility’s routine maintenance services. Let us help you avoid procrastinating the services you know your facility will need throughout the year.

Call your local City Wide today to find out all the benefits that come with our Yearly Maintenance Program.