Business strategist, speaker, coach and author of the #1 Bestselling book, The 3-Minute Rule. He coaches people on how to stop procrastinating Brant Pinvidic joins JT. Charles Dickens famously wrote procrastination is the thief of time. Now scientists think it can also steal your sleep, damage your health and leave you worse off financially. A study of 3,500 Swedish students found those who regularly put off doing things had an increased risk of poor sleep, lack of exercise and getting into financial difficulty. Experts believe this is because although most people have the tendency to procrastinate a little, for others it is their ‘general disposition’ and can affect how well they do in life. Those who often ‘delayed an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse off’, risk everything from poorer academic achievements to general health, the study suggests. Researchers from the University in Stockholm recruited students from eight universities studying everything from social sciences and technology to economics and medicine.