Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the “last minute” before the deadline.
With the modern emphasis on YOLO (you only live once) it seems that we use that as a ready reason why we don’t do unpleasant or boring things….
I seem to have been a procrastinator all my life – probably starting when I was a student. Not being organised could be a reason – but I can be extremely organised when under pressure! I do lots of work for Clubs and manage to keep a lot of balls in the air…so lack of organisation cant be the only reason… I think it is because I am an overthinker. In an effort to decrease my anxiety levels I tend to think and plan about what I need to do – and then not leave myself enough time to actually follow thru on my plans. Afterall when you are planning something in your head (even if you have planned for every possible complication) it still seems to be quicker or easier to do in your head than in real life. Even when you think you have allowed plenty of time you never do!
Having searched the internet for definitions and research on procrastination I find there is plenty of info out there…
Academics tell us that procrastination can be caused by a fear of success or failure….. not sure how that works. These same academics also say that it is more prevalent in students than the general population… they clearly have not surveyed many of my families and friends….
There is lots of interesting research about the reason why procrastinate, how we procrastinate and how to stop you procrastinating. I guess I will read it all later….
I guess the most important thing to realise is that most of us do procrastinate about something in our lives. And that we are not lazy.
So that makes me feel better… better get back to tidying up the desk… but I will just catch up on Facebook first….