Millions of people suffer from procrastination, so you are not alone. While procrastination could involve just minor delays and increased short term stress, it can also impede your ability to reach your personal and professional goals.
Learning what the primary causes of procrastination can enable you to manage around them.
Here are the most common causes for procrastination:
Generally considered to be a basic human need, it is related to a need for respect from others as well as a need for self-respect. Psychologists feel that if self-esteem is low, a person is prevented from achieving self-actualization, which may be the basic element behind this cause for procrastination.
This person will overestimate how much work and time the task will take, and this kind of thinking tends to become a habit.
Either "I can't do this well enough" or "I don't have enough time to do this right now" will lead to putting off a task rather than tackling it.
This is a person whose view of life tends to be unrealistic, one who tends to solve problems by dreaming a solution or hoping for a solution rather than tackling the task at hand and getting it done.
Psychologically, the area of the brain responsible for planning, impulse control, attention and filtering out distractions is weaker in some people.
There may have been damage to the prefrontal cortex of the brain or it may just not be as active as it is in most people. Because of this, a person cannot filter out distractions. This person get distracted easily.
It's not something that the person can just "snap out of." Health professionals consider this a chronic illness requiring long-term treatment, not unlike diabetes or high blood pressure.
Generally, anyone who experiences depression will have repeated episodes for the rest of their lives.
As a general rule, medication is required and behavior modification and lifestyle changes seem to help. One of the symptoms noticed most often in this illness is the tendency to procrastinate - to put off doing tasks that need doing.
However, we are also finding that it is very easy to let it take over our lives. Internet addiction is defined as excessive computer use that interferes with daily life. There are elements of compulsion in this behavior, and one of the symptoms is the tendency to procrastinate.
Its opposite, adaptability, is the human characteristic that makes it possible for people to survive. In short, most perfectionists are also procrastinators.