Procrastination is a universal problem, and it affects us all regardless of gender and age. Fighting against the feeling of laziness and starting to work on our projects, whether they are personal or professional, can be really difficult for everybody. However, understanding the reason why we just can’t stop delaying our tasks and leaving them for later will help us overcome procrastination, getting us one step closer to achieving our goals. These are four reasons why we keep procrastinating, and how to stop wasting time.
- Tasks are not urgent. One of the main reasons why we tend to procrastinate is because we think of our tasks as not urgent since we might have plenty of time to complete them in advance. However, deadlines get due faster than we think, so we should try to learn how to prioritize our tasks and assign the time to take action. This way, we will get more done and we won’t miss our deadlines.
- We don’t know how to start. For many of us, we think of procrastination as taking the time to find the right focus and plan our progress beforehand. This is a common problem that tends to show that we just don’t know how to start working on a given project. If we find ourselves in this situation, the best way to start working on something is to embrace our confusion and build our steps around that.
- We might be afraid of failing. Fear of failure is more common than we think, and most of us have experienced this feeling before starting a new project. However, we shouldn’t let this stop us from achieving our goals. Therefore, we should remember that our achievements and our self-worth are independent of each other, and failure is an essential part of our path to success, as it comes with valuable lessons to be learned.
- We work better under pressure. Procrastination can be divided into two types, one being active and one being passive. Those who fall into the passive procrastinators’ category are affected by these delays negatively, as they will find themselves wasting time instead of working on their tasks. Active procrastinators, on the other hand, tend to be more strategic, as they are able to get focused and motivated as deadlines get closer.
“You may delay, but time will not,
and lost time is never found again.”