A Look at Why People Procrastinate ...

The old adage of ‘procrastination is the thief of time’ is so true. Time has a way of creeping up and all those things that have been put off, roll together and then, there’s no time left to do them. This can result in personal disappointment and upset and rejection for the individual and others.

Learning how to stop procrastinating usually starts by understanding why things have put off or left to the last minute in the first place.

15 Reasons Why People Procrastinate:

1. It’s Something Unpleasant or the Task, or Job is Something That is Dreaded or Not Looked Forward to

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2. The Time Needed to Complete a Task Has Been under or over-estimated Leading to Confusion and Inability to Plan

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3. Not Having the Right Tools for the Task and Not Knowing Who or Being Too Embarrassed to Ask for Help

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4. Lack of Understanding of What is Required or How to Start

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5. A Task or Job is Too Overwhelming

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6. Fear of Failure

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7. Lack of Confidence to Accept Responsibility

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8. The Goals Are Unrealistic

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9. Decisions Are Not Made and Time is Wasted by Dithering and Flitting between Various Options

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10. There Are Too Many Distractions or Clutter

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11. There’s an Inability to Say No, Leading to Overload and Taking on Too Much

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12. Inability to Prioritize

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13. Failure to Ask for Help, or Even Recognize Help is Required

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14. Being a Perfectionist

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15. Simply a Lack of Organization

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Any one of these factors can combine with any other. Any one and all, will lead to things not getting done on time, and things not getting done at all. It may lead to failure, rejection and upset. It can lead to lost deals at work, poor performance and conflict at home and in social circles. Procrastination can be seen as a sign of weakness and an inability to cope on the part of an observer.

Procrastination may sometimes seem the easy option, and very often, this is the root cause of putting things off. Learning how to stop procrastinating is about accepting that there are ways that everything can be conquered.

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