We all do it, procrastination. Apparently 20 percent of people consistently avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions-which are increasingly available with Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and other forms of social media. Here are five reasons I find people tend to procrastinate:
1. Lack of Interest
You may be really putting off doing various tasks as the goal you have set for yourself does not excite you enough to be doing it at all. You are not really committed to the goals. Perhaps re-evaluate why you are doing it and if it resonates with your values and what you want out of life.
Perfectionism often underlies the fear of failure. Family expectations and standards set by parents may be so high that no one could actually live up to them. Thus, procrastination steps in to derail parental expectations and standards and prevent you from achieving success.
Consider that the problem is actually the unrealistic standards that have been set, not your failure to meet them. The problem, and thus the “failure,” may be that you begin to believe that you are not a worthy human being. You may procrastinate to such an extent from fear of failure, that you are actually paralyzed. Thus, you do not complete the task and achieve a more realistic level of success.
3. Fear of Success
The flip side of fear of failure is the fear of success. Perhaps you like working away in the background and any type of recognition for a job well done will put you in the spotlight and you are not comfortable receiving that much attention. You may also feel if you succeed you will have even greater expectations to fill once you have achieved them. Greater successes lead to greater expectations. If your self worth is tied to your level of acheivement then you may constantly questions yourself about how much you should do to be good enough. This type of pressure often leads to losing your identity and perhaps not being able to claim your successes as your own. Procrastination may be how you cope with the constant pressure of not being good enough.
4. Lack of Skills
This is one of the most obvious reasons for procrastination. If you do not have the skills for various tasks it is easier to put off doing them and not risk embarasment if you tell people you do not know how to do it. The key to solving problems where you lack the skills is identifying what the key problems are. Often a coach or another professional can help you with this. Once you know the problem, then you can take action to correct it.
Being rebellious can be another underlying reason for procrastination. Delaying tactics can be a form of procrastination to avoid deadlines and meet schedules. Often there is an underlying power struggle going on between two people. For example, if your mother is expecting you to join the family business but you have other career aspirations you may be ‘forgetting’ to complete assignments at school and go into work late. Rebelling is really reacting instead of acting so really the power lies within whoever you are rebelling against. Ultimately, you lose if you are not doing better for yourself by not doing well at work or school. You have to decide for yourself what you want out of life don’t just react by someone else’s decision in your life.