Updated: Oct 14, 2021
Procrastination is something we’ve all struggled with in our daily lives.
But what is it exactly?
What is Procrastination?
‘Procrastination is the act of unnecessarily postponing decisions or actions.’
How Does It Harm Us?
Procrastinating can have a number of negative effects. Primarily, it wastes time that you could spend doing things you enjoy. It can also increase stress and anxiety by leaving things to the last minute. Rushing can lower the quality of your work and hinder your ability to make informed considered decisions.
So Why Do We Do It?
Procrastination is not just a case of laziness or lack of self-control. There’s more to it than that. Here is a breakdown of three common causes of procrastination.
You Are Afraid of Failing
The fear of failure can be a difficult thing to overcome. This is especially difficult for perfectionists, who are overly critical of their own work. No one wants to spend time and energy on a task, only to receive negative feedback or achieve a below-average result.
The best way to work on the fear of failing is to break down your goal into actionable steps. Start small and the fear of failing will be reduced. You must also accept that your work may have some flaws - and that's okay.
You Don’t Know Where to Start
When we only look at the end goal, things can be overwhelming. If you're struggling with where to start, start simple. Get a piece of paper or a notebook and write down all of the things you can do today to move you one step forward. Then organise and order these steps so you can identify what to tackle first. If you have a plan you will feel prepared and ready to begin.
You Are Listening to Your Limited Beliefs
Are you listening to negative thoughts that say you are not good enough? You might have a low degree of self-efficacy, which is a person’s belief in their ability to successfully achieve their goals.
This is your reminder that you can do anything you put your mind to. It's time to replace those limiting beliefs with beliefs that inspire you to take action! Remember - you are smart, and capable, and you CAN do it.
Now, get to work!
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For more causes of procrastination and more methods to overcome it, visit this article on the Psychology and Causes of Procrastination.
Why do you procrastinate? Let us know in the comments.
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