Why Do We Procrastinate?

Why Do We Procrastinate?
Why Do We Procrastinate?

Have you ever put off a task till what seems like the last minute? Do you ever feel like you cannot get work done until it’s the eleventh hour, and you have no choice but to work on it?

Procrastination is a phenomenon most of us have experienced, but have you ever wondered why we do so? Often, we procrastinate because of low self-esteem. You may not think you are capable of doing a certain task, and putting it off can delay any potential criticism that could make you upset. For example, you may procrastinate when writing an essay because you feel that you may not be able to score well. 

Other times, if we feel a task is mundane or overwhelming, putting it off seems a lot easier then getting it done. For example, if you need to study for a subject that you do not find particularly interesting, focusing can be comparatively more challenging than when you are studying for something you enjoy. 

Procrastination can also be a subtle form of self sabotage. You may not complete a certain task because you fear failure, but after all, you cannot fail if you do not do the task at all. Because of this, you may end up not completing essential tasks and end up feeling helpless and stressed. For example, you may procrastinate when replying to important e-mails, and end up not replying to most of them which can hinder your work. 

Nevertheless, there are certain things you can do to deal with procrastination.

1)    Nevertheless, there are certain things you can do to deal with procrastination.

2)    You should remember to always forgive yourself for procrastinating in the past, and work on going easy on yourself for the future. 

3)    If possible, ask someone you are close to, to check up on you to make sure you are completing your tasks in a healthy and productive manner. 

4)    Finally, don’t forget that procrastination is normal and with the right intentions, you will be able to overcome it.

 

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