It is an act of replacing high-priority actions with tasks of lower priority, or doing some-thing from which one derives enjoyment and thus putting off important tasks to a later time. It is an unproductive state of being to voluntarily delay an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse off for the de-lay.
Procrastination may result in stress, a sense of guilt and crisis, severe loss of person-al productivity, as well as social disapproval for not meeting responsibilities or commitments.
Why do we Procrastinate?
- Fear of Success
- Fear of Failure
- Fear of Conflict
- Fear of Judgment
- Fear of the unknown
- Low Motivation
- Low frustration tolerance
- Difficulty making decisions
- Belief that time pressures pro-duces best work
- Poor study habits
- Lack of Time Management
- Learned Helplessness
- Inability to handle the task
- Lack of relevance
- Lack of self– confidence
- Uncertainty of expectations
- Aversive nature of the task
- Acceptance’ of another’s goals
- Excitement of last minute work
- I must be perfect.
- Everything I do should go easily and with out effort.
- It is safer to do nothing than to take a risk and fail.
- I should have no limitations
- If it is not done wright, it’s not worth doing at all.
- I must avoid being challenged
- If I succeed, someone will get hurt
- If I do well this time I must al-ways do well.
- Following someone else’s rules means I’m giving in and not in control
- I can’t afford to let go every-thing or anyone.
- There is a right answer and I will wait until I find it .
- If I expose my real self, people won’t like me
- I will not put in my best effort so If I do poorly I will be able to tell myself that if I worked harder, I could have done better.