I recently wrote about surefire ways we can overcome procrastination.
However when tackling procrastination it is important to understand the underlying reasons why we do so.
If we understand why we do it then we can do something about it.
The benefits of overcoming procrastination are clear.
It reduces stress and anxiety and enables us to create more time through greater productivity.
Having more time enables us to spend it on things that matter like quality time with our children, our partner and time to ourselves.
It is important to note that the reasons why we procrastinate are varied and differ from person to person and also from task to task.
Here are some commonly encountered reasons as to why we procrastinate:
- Fear and anxiety – often we can be fearful and/or anxious about a given task on our to do list. This can be a fear of failure or conversely a fear of success too. Through challenging our thinking regarding what is the worst that can happen if the outcome is not what we hope can enable us to move forward.
- Overwhelm – feeling overwhelmed is a common cause of procrastination. Breaking tasks down into bite sized manageable tasks can allow us to feel like we are moving forward and being productive. Simply forcing ourselves to keep doing the next right thing can help us to overcome procrastination.
- Pride – this is an interesting one! Often our own pride can prevent us from seeking help and advice on how to tackle and overcome a particular task or challenge. No one likes to admit that they do not know how to tackle a particular task or that they are unable to complete it, but through seeking help this is a surefire way to overcome procrastination.
- Boredom – how often are we faced with tasks that quite simply bore the life out of us? Mixing up tasks and interspersing them with more appealing ones helps overcome this.
- Low self-esteem – often our own lack of confidence can be a reason for procrastination. Through challenging our negative thoughts and seeking help we can build up our own confidence as we learn how to complete tasks we have not done so before.
Do you procrastinate?
What do you think are the underlying reasons why you do so?
As always it would be great to hear from you with your comments below 🙂
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