What is procrastination and how often do you face, is it a trait or a behavior or an illness?
Basically procrastination is Trouble persuading yourself to do the things you should do. It means delaying important tasks. People often face it when they are not interested in doing something. It’s a behavior which if left untreated turns into a trait Prioritizing, scheduling, and accountability help. Well, it’s pretty common these days. Maybe the current lifestyle has made us this way, it is not a good thing.
Procrastination may be a symptom of psychological disorder. It is associated with negativity such as depression, irrational behavior, low self-esteem, anxiety, and neurological disorders.
Procrastination is not laziness
Very often people leave things to the very last moment. Be careful, procrastination is not a synonym for lazy.
Lazy people don’t do anything and are just fine with it. Procrastinators have the desire to actually do something but can’t force themselves to start.
We can say that it is pretty common nowadays among teenagers because of the lockdown and coronavirus situation.
Why do people Procrastinate?
People procrastinate because they’re afraid of failing at the tasks that should be completed. Certain personality traits, such as low self-esteem, low self-confidence, are linked with increased fear of failure.
Is Procrastination a serious problem?
For some people, procrastination is not just a bad trait. It’s a sign of a serious health issue. It can be a cause of serious stress and/or mental illness. For example, ADHD, OCD, anxiety, and depression are linked with procrastination.
Types of procrastination
There are 4 types of procrastination
- Anxious procrastination: Neil Fiore defined it as “a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision.”
- Fun procrastination: The fun procrastinator is doing anything except that one task that is needed to be done.
- “Plenty of time” procrastination: Often people don’t start their tasks right away because the deadline is a long way off. It is most commonly found in students.
- Perfectionist procrastination: Perfectionists are always striving for the best are constantly criticizing their own work.
So, what tools can help you stop procrastinating?
- Personal vision: It helps with the understanding of your skills and the most important priorities.
- To-do list: the long list of work can frustrate us so it’s better that we divide our daily tasks.
- Habit list: learning a new habit can be very helpful in personal development.
- Meeting yourself: It is a time allocated just for you.