What Causes us to Procrastinate?

Miriam Slozberg procrastinate

Whenever many of us are faced with a big task, or even a small task, a lot of the time we will put it on the back burner and keep it there. It is easy to say “I will work on it tomorrow”, and to even believe we will start tackling the task the next day. However, when tomorrow comes, we usually end up finding ourselves saying the same thing. The next thing we know, the task never gets done. That being said, when we know the task needs to be done, we rush through it at the last minute. Therefore, the job done is very poor.

I admit I have been guilty of procrastinating. And after looking into what causes me to procrastinate, I did make some discoveries. I would like to take this opportunity to share what I have found.

1. Fear– Whenever I know I have agreed to take on a big task, there is a part of me that is afraid I will not do the job well and therefore, I keep putting it off. The best thing to do in this situation is to not take on such a big task voluntarily. We are all encouraged to step out of our comfort zones, however, only at a pace that is not going to overwhelm us. This way, fear will not be an issue and we will tackle what we need to at the right pace for us.

2. Taking on Too Much– When we are given an opportunity that sounds great to us at first, we want to snatch it right away. However, if we find that we had bitten off more than what we could chew, it is easy to find excuses to not work on it. The best thing to do is before taking anything on, find out what you realistically can do. If you are bombarded with other responsibilities- take that into consideration before taking on anything additional. Evaluate your situation before adding to anything more to your plate. An overflowing plate becomes very messy.

3. Lack of Passion– We may agree to take on a task only because we may think it is the right thing to do, even if our heart is not in it. If that is the case, then you not only will leave the task on the back burner for good- but if you do ever get to working on it, the job will be poor because your heart is not in it. This is a time to say no to something that you know in your heart that is not right for you.

4. Poor Scheduling– If you do not have a schedule set, you will not get to any of your tasks even if you are passionate about it. By the time you are done with your other responsibilities, you may think about working on the task but then you will be too tired to get to it and say “I will work on this tomorrow”. The next thing you know, you will be saying this tomorrow, as well as the day after that. Creating a schedule and sticking to it is important, as well as holding yourself accountable for making time for it. This way, it is less likely you will procrastinate.

Sometimes we can become very overwhelmed with life, and when there is added stress- the best thing to do is not to commit to anything unless you know 100% in your heart that you can make time for it. I have found these are the factors behind me procrastinating. What about you? What do you think causes you to procrastinate?

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