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Why do we procrastinate?

March 6, 2019

 

We have all been through that phase in our life where we just sit and wonder about things and never really take any action. We are always in search of inspiration, but never willing enough to get up and work. At some point of time we all had dreams and the hunger to achieve it. ‘I am going to start my own business!’, ‘I am finally going to take care of my health!’, ‘I’m going to start working out of a coworking space to network with likeminded people.’, etc. We all had plans in our head, but none of them were implemented as planned. We start focusing on making excuses about why we cannot get things done, instead of focusing on all the reasons why we must do it.

 

Everyone procrastinates at some point in their lives. We delay our work until the very last minute, we get easily distracted by little things around us, we busily move in circles without ever moving forward, and we get busy doing things that we don’t need to do in order to avoid things we actually need to do. We then feel terrible for not getting the important stuff done. Looking at other, better performers, we start to believe that we’re just the average human who will never accomplish anything great. When you’re in this position, you feel helpless and lonely because speaking up to another person only further shatters your self-esteem.

 

The truth is, everyone feels the same way. Procrastination is not easy to overcome because it’s not a math problem that can be solved. People procrastinate in different ways for different reasons. So, it is important to learn why we procrastinate.

  1. Perfectionism:
    Most of the people procrastinate is because they want things to be perfect. Instead of getting started with it, people often start fantasizing about the ideal results. There is no perfect time or circumstance to do something meaningful. When we constrain and attach ourselves to only one version of the result (something we can’t directly control), we become less flexible. We can no longer adjust and optimize the process. We either get caught up day-dreaming, or we get paralyzed by the amount of work we need to put in.
     

  2. Uncertainty:
    There is always a risk attached to a certain task we undertake. There is always the fear of the unknown. It is not a bad thing to be fearful, however we should not let that fear get in the way.
     

  3. Lack of motivation: 
    Sometimes we just don’t feel like doing anything. We get in a rut and getting out of that rut is not simple. We need constant motivation and reminder of why we need to these things. Motivation is twofold: psychology and physiology. Your beliefs, self-awareness, and mental models are going to impact your level of motivation directly. But at the same time, how you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally is also going to affect your level of motivation from time to time.
     

  4. Distraction:
    With the advent of technology, people are becoming a slave to them and are getting easily distracted. The average attention span has decreased drastically! Even when we make it past the initial resistance of getting started, we still face the enormous challenge of sticking to our work. Countless things are trying to grab your attention in numerous directions every second of the day.

To find a solution to any problem, it is pertinent to understand what is the cause of the problem. Similarly, to tackle procrastination, we need to first understand that why are we procrastinating.

 

At CoKarya, we believe that having self-awareness is crucial if one wants to grow and prosper. Understanding oneself is the key to success. If you understand your core nature, it’ll be easy for you to make out why you are doing certain things that should be avoided.

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