When we think bad habits the first thing that usually comes to mind is smoking. Smoking is more an addiction than a habit. The most absolute worse habit in my opinion is procrastination.
Procrastination is often linked to perfectionism. Procrastination is a deferment or avoidance of a specific task or action. If its something that needs to be done we find a way to put it off.
Causes of Procrastination
Psychological causes are anxiety, low sense of self esteem or self worth, self-defeating mentality or just sheer laziness. The task we need to do may be small or large but we don’t like doing things that are not pleasurable so we put it off.
Physiological causes can be mental problems like ADD, the inability to filter out distractions, short attention span.
Procrastination is a behavior problem but can be cause by mental disorders. With treatment and medication the extreme cases can be helped. Everyone procrastinates sometimes but when it becomes a problem that you cannot function than an underlying mental disorder may be the cause.
Procrastination has been associated with Perfectionism. Cause being that if I can’t be perfect I will not do it. Our own lofty goals can be a cause of procrastination. We put high demands on ourselves that we cannot live up to.
Types of Procrastination
Relaxed type of procrastinators view their responsibilities very negatively and avoid them by directing their energy into other activities. Its not uncommon for someone to put off doing a report to watch TV.
Anything thats not pleasurable they just put it off. They deny anything that is not fun or exciting. When confronted they will make excuses.
The tense-afraid type is overwhelmed by the task. The pressure of performing, uncertain about their performance, and many negative feelings will make them procrastinate. There is a feeling of not being able to relax and do their work the task becomes even more overwhelming as deadlines approach. They will be overcome with guilt from putting off the task that needs to be performed.
Making lists, marking calendars, setting goals all these are fine things to do but they do not stop one from procrastinating. These tasks just do not work. Even being organized doesn’t stop us from procrastinating. When we procrastinate there is an underlying cause why we do it. Whether its mental or just habit we find it easy to put aside actions that take us away from the things we love and want to do.
What causes you to procrastinate?