The Psychology behind Procrastination?

Procrastination robs us all of productivity and time. It is something that we all seem to do it and it costs us dearly so finding out the reasons why is important. If we can understand why we do it then maybe, we can all works towards reducing the mount time we waste trying to avoid the task at hand. When we procrastinate we often, already know that we are doing it but seem to carry on anyway, to stop this we need to develop strategies to combat ourselves. Different forms of procrastination are very subjective to the person or activity; we start a task and then suddenly tell ourselves that another task is suddenly more important.

All of this slows us down as we constantly continue to avoid certain task to complete ones that are more favourable first. While some people procrastinate all of the time, others only do it from time to time. Whichever camp you are in, the underlying reasons are likely to be similar.

Here is a list of some reason that causes people to procrastinate, have a read and see if any ring a bell:

Do you really want to?

There is no better breeding ground for procrastination then if you simply do not want to do the task. Sometimes you may not be aware that you particularly do not want to complete the task, however, after putting it off repeatedly maybe it is time to ask yourself do you really want to. If you do not want to something you will usually find a reason that stops you from doing it, eventually you may get to the point where you convince yourself that it doesn’t need doing altogether.

Doesn’t Spark Your Interest

If we find a particular task too difficult or even too easy in some cases we tend to lose interest. When we lose interest in something effort levels drop and therefore so does productivity. We must be aware of this situation when it affects ourselves as well as those around us, especially in the workplace. If someone is being unproductive due to boredom then is there a more challenging task available that they could be focused on.

Not many of us enjoy not being able to do something; If a task is too difficult then we are put off and escape the situation where we may feel inadequate. It takes time and effort to learn how to become more competent and we need to feel like we are progressing to avoid procrastination.

Tired and need a break?

It is regular for humans to find trends of procrastination at certain points in the day, every single day. This is due to tiredness and fatigue and we are more susceptible to this at particular points in the day especially before break, lunch and late afternoon. It is not natural human behaviour to work for 8 hours straight with full concentration so when we push ourselves too much we will subconsciously start to daydream and lose focus.

As these natural lapses in concentration happen regardless of whether we want to have them or not, scheduled breaks throughout the day are important to keep us fresh and in the correct mindset for work.

I hope that this helps you understand a bit more about procrastination and you can take this information away to help combat it.


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