Procrastination is a desire every human being has. And it is hard to overcome. This is the reason there are tons of articles about procrastination on the internet. Everyone is trying to answer these questions: “What is procrastination?”, “Why do you procrastinate?”, “How to stop procrastination?”.
And of course, we needed to keep up with that flow. This is why we are going to publish more than one article about procrastination. We’ll dive into this habit and try to help you overcome procrastination.
We’ve planned 10 articles to write until now. And 2 out of 10 already published (including this one). You will find links that redirect you to different articles in the content (yes, we update our articles).
Why Should You Read This Article?
Here in this article, I wanted to start from the beginning. Thus, I decided to answer the “why do you procrastinate” question. I’ll be giving some psychological root causes of procrastination. Also, I’ll talk about common behaviors of procrastinators and why you should stop procrastinating.
So, this blog post includes some explanations about the behavioral psychology behind procrastination. For most of the article, I won’t be relying on my own experiences. But I’ll be giving my statement about things, indeed. Sorry, but I can’t stop myself.
So now, you know the content of this article. If you want to skip all the informational sentences and reach the solutions to stop procrastination, I suggest you check the article below.
How To Stop Procrastination?
If you want to read a short version of that article, you can jump to the last section of this article from this link.
Otherwise, stay put. I mean, if you are the one who wants to understand the reasons first, so you can shape your structure accordingly, keep reading.
Disclaimer: Everything I wrote below (partly) depends on my experiences and thoughts. Things can change when it comes to your journey. So, this is not a certain recipe that works for everyone.
Don’t forget: There is nothing wrong with stealing ideas from others. However, only you can prepare a recipe that is special to your situation.
- What Is Procrastination?
- The Perfect Cycle Of Procrastinators
- Why Do You Procrastinate?
- Why Should You Stop Procrastinating?
- Are You A Procrastinator?
- How to Stop Procrastination?
What Is Procrastination?
The formal definition of procrastination in the dictionary is this:
“The action of delaying or postponing something.”
I took the one above from the Google search results page. In another dictionary, they add something critical into the definition. Here it is:
“The act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention.”
And here is my definition of procrastination:
“Procrastination is the Krypton of productivity.”
So, from these definitions, I have only one outcome. Procrastination is something bad. Really bad. It is everything that I don’t ever want in my life.
I don’t want to stop writing but yet procrastination is there.
I don’t want to stop learning but yet procrastination is there.
I don’t want to delay my dreams but yet procrastination is there. He is smiling at my face and making fun of me. Saying “you can’t stop me”.
The Perfect Cycle Of Procrastinators
Before I dive into the reasons for procrastination, I want to share my procrastination cycle in a nutshell. So I can explain in a better way why I decided to have an endless war with procrastination. Thus, you can relate yourself to the story and motivate yourself to start your own challenge.
First of all, I just want you to know that I am the good guy in this story. No one wants a war. But procrastination sucks.
Second, peace is my personality. So, I actually don’t want to hurt it. Because procrastination is my old friend. It is my comfort zone. However, I needed to stop it. Because it was killing me, my dreams, my goals, softly.
As you can understand, I’ve been a successful procrastinator all my life. I’ve seen all the phases of a procrastinator* over and over again. There were times like these:
- I was not doing anything at all. Jumping from one tab to another on the internet or watching TV series. Just for the sake of having fun and procrastinate everything.
- I was taking care of a bunch of tasks. But in reality, I was not touching anything important at all. I was taking care of urgent but not important tasks.
- And finally, I was taking care of a bunch of tasks that are important for me. Because the deadline was on the doorstep.
This was a perfect cycle for me. And I kept that cycle for years. Until the time I realize that I am being late for things that I’ve always desired.
Sounds familiar, right? Keep reading.
*Note: I strongly recommend you to read this article written by By Tim Urban to have a better understanding of the procrastination matrix.
Why Do You Procrastinate?
I won’t say “you can’t imagine how overwhelming that cycle is”. I know you can. Because right now, you are in some of these phases and trying to figure out how to break the chain and start to walk on the way to success.
Don’t be in a rush. First, you should answer one question To come up with a solution: “Why Do You Procrastinate?”
As always, I’ll say it depends. Because everyone has their own needs. However, there are some root causes of procrastination that everyone suffers from. Here is a list:
- Fear of failure and following criticism
- Demanding immediate success
- Lack of energy and motivation
- Desiring the perfection
- Ignoring the needs
- Not having a plan
Why Should You Stop Procrastinating?
Do you want reasons to stop procrastination? Here is one: Procrastination ruins your life. And the worse, once you fall into the trap of procrastination, it is hard to notice the damage it has on you. You don’t need any other reason to stop it. Because all of the following reasons occur because of that one.
In the end, you start to:
Question your abilities,
Giving up on your dreams.
Are You A Procrastinator?
Life is full of actions. Thus, sometimes you don’t even understand whether you are procrastinating or not. To understand that, you should nudge yourself. Asking questions is the easiest way to do it. Here are some questions you can ask:
Did you reach any of your goals until now? If the answer is no, you are a procrastinator.
Do you have a plan to reach your goals? If the answer is no, you are a procrastinator.
Did you already give up on your dreams? If the answer is yes, you are a procrastinator.
Do you blame yourself every day? If the answer is yes, you are a procrastinator.
Are you still reading this article? If the answer is yes, YOU ARE A PROCRASTINATOR.
How to Stop Procrastination?
So, until now you understand what is procrastination, why people procrastinate. And then you noticed that you are an incorrigible procrastinator. Great.
But how to stop procrastination?
This is a question that has more than one right answer. Because everyone has their own needs. So, to stop procrastination, you have to figure out what is best for you. Funny but this is happening by trying. Short story long, to stop procrastinating, you have to stop procrastinating and start to figure out what makes you productive and be motivated during the day.
Even though you are the one who is responsible for understanding what works for you, I have some simple tips that can help you to procrastinate important to-do’s. Here is the shortlist:
- Move with little steps
- Create a timeline and put deadlines
- Design your workspace
- Change your environment
- Take your break
- Talk about your goals with others
- Get rid of distractions
For more details about the list I mentioned above, check out this link.
That was all. In this article, I’ve tried to explain procrastination and why you procrastinate. For the next articles, we’ll keep diving into the issue and will give details step by step.
If you have any other suggestions to overcome procrastination, just share with us your experiences to support others in this adventure! And don’t forget to share your comments about this article below!