Reasons People Procrastinate

As a psychologist, procrastination habits might arise due to several reasons that impact motivation levels and self-control. The psychology behind procrastination in people is that we usually depend immensely on self-control to determine whether to get things done or not. The type of motivation one has to complete a task can influence your self-control and ability to perform it. When we are faced with demotivating or hindering factors, our internal or external motivation and self-control are affected most people opt to procrastinate. Some of the common reasons for procrastination include; anxiety, depression, rewards may take too long, perfectionism traits, reduced motivation, intense, overwhelming feelings, task aversion, self-destruction habits, sensation seeking, long time before the work’s deadline, a sense of loss of self-control, impulsivity, poor focus, rebellion, fear of failure or poor feedback, laziness, decreased energy and lack of clear goals on your future.

How to Overcome Those Procrastination Challenges and Get Things Done

I highly recommend the following tricks when looking to quit your procrastination;

  • Identify your procrastination triggers, habits, and nature and develop an effective action strategy.
  • Define your intentions or goals clearly and implement an effective action plan.
  • Start with high-priority tasks.
  • Try to divide tiresome jobs into smaller portions and tackle them one at a time to increase motivation.
  • Cut out work distractions.
  • Work on one task till you complete it before starting another one.
  • Have your deadlines to complete your goals.
  • Reward yourself after doing a task regularly and have a positive mindset about the possible future outcomes.
  • Never postpone something you can complete in a few minutes or hours.  

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