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12 Causes of Procrastination

12 Causes of Procrastination PhotoIf you usually think along the lines of: “It’s too ___ to work now, maybe tomorrow would be better”. Or maybe, “I can do this task later, for now I’ll just enjoy watching TV”, then you’re procrastinating.

Procrastination is the faith that you’ll be able to do tomorrow what you can do today. It’s easy to be part of this club, really. No fees required because the toll will be later collected when you’re in panic.

So, read below some of the causes why people tend to stall their task for later. C’mon, read it now and not later.

1. Laziness

One of the leading causes, no doubt.

We all want to have some time to relax and enjoy ourselves, but not all the time. If you want to just sit and watch TV the whole time instead of doing something beneficial, then you’ll end up with nothing in the end.

2. Indecisiveness

You don’t know yourself if you want to do something or not. You don’t know what to do so you put off the task for later, hoping you’ll be more decided later.

You have new job offer and you don’t know if you’ll accept it. If you decide later, the offer might not be available anymore. If a decision is needed immediately, do it now or never.

3. Lack of motivation

Love for your work is hard to find. If you don’t like what you’re doing, tendency is you won’t do it until the deadline. The quality of your work will decrease and can lead you to bigger work complications.

Look at the bright side of things. If you don’t love what you’re doing now, think of it as a wall you have to overcome to achieve your dreams.

4. Lack of focus

There are so many things to do that you don’t know where to start. Your mind is confused so you decide to give it some time to clear up. That’s okay if it’ll only take you a few minutes and not hours or days.

Prioritize according to that task’s weight or urgency. Do things one at a time to avoid slip ups.

5. Boredom

Everyday you get in front of your computer, stamp papers and type sales letters. You’re so used to it that you don’t find excitement in anything anymore. So, you take an unusually long break in doing those things.

Socialize, play some games for a few minutes, pamper yourself and find discover new things to spice up your boring life. A short break is all you need to revitalize your energy.

6. Sign of rebellion

You’re forced to do something you don’t want so to get even, you won’t do it. You’ll do it tomorrow or the next day, or whenever you feel like doing it. If you do this, you’re just putting yourself in deeper trouble instead of finishing it and getting over it right away.

7. Don’t know how to start

You have a goal in your mind. You know what you want but you just don’t know how to start. You then set the task aside because of frustration.

It’s almost always hard to take the first step. If you see the end and not the beginning, try tracing your plan backwards until you reach the starting point.

8. Fear of failure

Fear you might make mistakes demoralizes you and just set the task aside. We’re afraid of rejection and what other people might say about us or our doings.

No one can possibly predict the future. If you’re too afraid to take a step, you won’t reach your goal anytime sooner.

9. Being a perfectionist

You want to get things perfectly done so you keep on planning and planning and planning. You set aside the most important thing – action.

Nothing is perfect. Things will not always go your way. You just have to face it and be more flexible.

10. Being unorganized

The arrangement of your things can affect your judgment and motivation to do something. If you see that everything you need is out of order, it adds a burden to your mind and you lose motivation to continue.

Keep your things organized. It’s a common belief that a person’s desk reflects his or her way of thinking.

11. The need for short-term satisfaction

The urge to be satisfied is so strong that you look for it right away after every task. If you feel like you won’t have a reward for doing something, you tend to slack off and do it later. Who wants to work in return for nothing anyways?

Resist the need to be satisfied right away. Instill in your mind that the longer the pain, the bigger the gain.

12. Overconfidence

Self-handicapping is the concept of allowing others to get ahead so you can have an excuse for your failures. Blaming others won’t help you in any way. You’ll only degrade yourself and make others see that you’re incompetent for the task.