The Top 6 Reasons You Procrastinate

Do you procrastinate, too?!

If you do, just imagine how much you’d get done if you didn´t!

When I stop to think about it, it´s really quite amazing…

Because procrastination is the absolute BIGGEST obstacle keeping you & I from getting things done and, ultimately, achieving our goals.

Procrastination is time´s worst enemyOur time is such a valuable resource…and yet, we continually fritter it away.

Let´s face it, when we give in to procrastination, we simply aren´t as effective as we could (or should) be.

Waiting until the last possible moment to complete a task robs us of the possibility of finding the most elegant solution. Not only that, but it dooms us to mediocre results! And eventhough I know this, I sometimes find myself really scrabbling to complete an important task on time!

Which got me to thinking…why do we procrastinate at all?!

Here are the possible reasons I came up with:

1) Being afraid that you´ll fail

This is perhaps the most common cause of procrastination. After all, you can’t fail if you don’t try. Unfortunately, you can’t accomplish anything without taking action. If you find your life has been stuck in the same place for a long time, you’re most likely afraid of failing. 

  • Reframe the idea of failure and realize that it’s one of many possible results. You can choose to learn from that result and apply it to your next attempt. Repeating this process ensures success.
  • Expect to fail. The more often you fail, the more quickly you’ll reach your goals. Avoid allowing an irrational fear to become an obstacle to getting things done.

2) Wanting everything to be perfect

Of course, nothing in life is perfect. The desire for perfection results in procrastination. Decide how good it really needs to be. There will never be a perfect moment or opportunity. Your results will never be perfect. Nothing needs to be perfect, so just get busy.

3) Habits that simply don’t support getting started

Getting started is the hardest part. Some of us have effective habits for getting started on new projects or unappetizing tasks. Others have great habits for putting off these same activities. 

  • Develop the habit of taking immediate action on any unpleasant tasks. It can be small and simple, but get started! You’ll often find that a small amount of momentum is enough to do more work than you initially intended.

The Top 6 Reasons You Procrastinate

4) Poor self-discipline

Self-discipline is a valuable commodity, especially for the creation of new habits. Use your self-discipline wisely. It’s always in short supply. Use it to develop the habits that will overcome procrastination.

5) A fear of success

You might think a fear of success is ridiculous, but it’s very common. Success carries several burdens. You become more visible and have more responsibility when you’re successful. You are the victim of higher expectations in the future. 

  • Tell yourself that you can overcome the pitfalls of success. Avoid letting a fear of success lead to procrastination.

6) An inability to deal with discomfort

At the most basic level, procrastination results when the thought of taking action results in more discomfort than you’re capable of dealing with at that moment. It’s only when the pain of not taking action becomes greater than the pain of avoidance that things get done.

  • Some of us are more influenced by that discomfort than others. With practice, you can learn to take action even in the face of great discomfort.
  • Start small and tackle those tasks that are only mildly unpleasant. You’ll find your resistance to those uncomfortable feelings will increase.

Eliminating procrastination from your life not only means you´ll get more done, it also helps you feel better about yourself because you stop kicking yourself for putting things off and start getting things done at a much higher level.

After all, when you´re trapped  in the procrastination habit, your whole life suffers!

You´re more stressed, you´re less effective, you hate that you can´t get into action and miss out being your best and most productive you.

So, take control of your emotions and rid yourself of the nasty tendency to procrastinate.

Believe me, your results will be worth the effort!

About the Author Jan Marie Mueller

Jan Marie Mueller is founder of the inspirational blog ThinkBrilliantly and The Brilliance Community, a free Facebook group dedicated to empowering women to let their inner brilliance shine! Her mission is to help women everywhere shift the way they think about themselves, their world and those around them so they have the confidence to do, be and have what they want most in life!

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