Procrastination. Everyone does it, but very few will own up to it. This is mainly because it can be perceived as a character flaw at best, and could get you in serious trouble at its worst. However, you definitely shouldn’t beat yourself up over it because it is something that can be fixed in the long run. By simply identifying the underlying reasons why you procrastinate the way you do, you can already make headway in kicking the habit and, in the process, becoming a more productive member of society.
So in no particular order, here are some of the most common reasons why we procrastinate:
1. Lack of motivation.
Or basically because you just don’t feel like doing the task at hand. As terrible or as lazy as that may sound, it really does happen to the best of us. After all, the prospect of doing work-related tasks isn’t exactly a walk in the park, so working up the motivation to get started on a task – let alone, finishing it – is a real exercise in self-discipline.
More often than not, though, just starting on the task already makes all the difference and is already enough of a motivator to keep you going to its fruition.
2. Fear of the outcome.
A lot of times, people tend to procrastinate because of fear. This is an extremely powerful deterrent, which is why a lot of people really do not get anything done when it comes into the picture. You could fear failure because you might feel that this shows that you’re not good enough. You could fear rejection because you don’t want to look like a fool. You could even fear success because then you’d have to grow and deal with the changes that usually come with it.
The best way to deal with this fear is to confront it and stare it down. By simply being conscious of your fear, you will find that you’re better able to deal with it, so it no longer paralyzes you.
3. You are overwhelmed.
Sometimes you might find yourself procrastinating because you find the task in front of you too complex. As a result, you might find yourself daunted, and your first response would be to avoid doing it for as long as you can.
In order to conquer the feeling of being overwhelmed and thinking yourself inadequate, you need to just break the task down into bite-sized pieces that you can tackle one by one at a pace you are comfortable with. By stripping down a task to its barest components, you will find that you are able to deal with it so much more efficiently.
4. Lack of focus.
In this day and age, distractions are everywhere. Sadly, it is now very easy to get distracted by a myriad of things, like the peal of a cellphone, or a Facebook notification.
It is, therefore, very important to disconnect when you start a task, or even go into seclusion. This way, you will be better able to tackle whatever it is that needs your attention because you can avoid the temptation to do otherwise.