Ever wondered why you know you have something to do and yet you don’t do it? Do you put off doing things that would bring you closer to your desired goals? I know I do. But why? Here are 5 reasons why you are procrastinating.
Procrastination robs us of productivity. Everyone procrastinates. Since the dawn of time, people have been putting things off. It has something to do with how our daily responsibilities overwhelm us. In the midst of all the important things we know what we need to do, we somehow convince ourselves that none of these things really need to be done right now. In other words, we decide that some peace and relaxation in the short term is what’s most important.
So we take another break, read another blog post, watch another TV show, play a game and just kick back and relax. And life is blissfully dandy… for a little while, that is. But then suddenly the inevitable deadline has arrived. Sometimes, procrastinating is harmless. I know it is not everything we have to do that has a deadline, and we find out that we don’t do anything about it.
“Procrastination is ‘the art of keeping up with yesterday and avoiding today.” – Wayne Dyer
With distractions at an arm’s reach at all times these days, it’s all too easy to find reasons to procrastinate. Why, when so little good comes of procrastinating, do we do it so much? Here are five reasons;
1. I Don’t Feel Like Doing It
Lack of motivation is a commonly given reason for not attending to a task. Most people believe that something is wrong with them if they do not feel motivated to start a task. This simply is not true. The fact that you don’t feel motivation
2. But What If I Can’t Do It
Fear of failure is another reason people procrastinate. It goes something like this in my head: If I really try hard and fail, that is worse than if I don’t try and end up failing. In the former case, I gave it my best and failed. In the latter, because I really did not try, I truly did not fail. For example, you may postpone studying for a major exam and then pull an “all-nighter.” The resulting grade may be poor or mediocre, but you can say, “I could have done better if I had had more time to study.” The payoff for procrastinating is protecting us from the possibility of perceived “real” failure. As long as you do not put 100% effort into your work, you will not find out what your true capabilities are.
Consider that the problem is actually the unrealistic standards that have been set, not your failure to meet them. The problem, and thus the “failure,” may be that you begin to believe that you are not a worthy human being. You may procrastinate to such an extent from fear of failure, that you are actually paralyzed. Thus, you do not complete the task and achieve a more realistic level of success.
Chronic procrastinators actively look for distractions, and in particular those that don’t require much commitment or attention – like checking your Instagram or Facebook page, or reading the day’s news on the internet.
4. You’re lazy
Harsh right? i know, but you need to be open with yourself in order to move forward. Laziness is the number one reason that most of us procrastinate. We just don’t feel like doing whatever it is we’re putting off. Being lazy doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. It’s totally okay for you to sometimes lounge around and watch TV rather than mow the lawn. Just don’t let that behavior become habitual.
5. Too difficult or too easy?
Something that is too easy can slow us down just as much as something that is too difficult. This is a behavior to watch out for not just in your own work, but among the people, you work with too. If someone is being unproductive, do you need to give them a more challenging task? Are they putting things off or going slowly because they are bored? If a task is too difficult, we tend to put it off because we don’t like knowing how to do something. It will take extra work and effort asking questions, making mistakes, or learn new skills.
Putting things off slows us down takes our time, and makes us feel frustrated. Being able to deal with procrastination is a useful time management strategy we all need. By taking the time and initiative to understand your own reasons for procrastinating, and devoting a little energy to take the necessary steps to move forward, you can beat procrastination. We all can.
In fact, simply writing this article was a testament to this. I kept procrastinating on writing it because I lacked focus. So I locked myself in my den, eliminated all distractions, kept the end in mind and started writing. And as usual, starting was the hardest part. Now I’m done.
Have you got any good tips or tricks for avoiding procrastination? Let me know in the comments below