What is Procrastination?

  • The act of delaying or postponing tasks or actions, even when knowing it might have negative consequences.
  • Often driven by fear of failure, perfectionism, or a lack of motivation.

What are the underlying cause of procrastination?

  • Fear of Failure: Concern about not meeting expectations or making mistakes.
  • Perfectionism: Wanting everything to be perfect, leading to avoidance of starting.
  • Lack of Motivation: Not finding the task meaningful or rewarding.
  • Inaccurate Awareness of Time: Not understanding how much time you have to complete a task, or how long it will take you.

How can you address procrastination?

  • Break Tasks into Smaller Steps: Making tasks more manageable can reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed.
  • Set Specific Deadlines: Having a clear deadline can create a sense of urgency.
  • Reward System: Reward yourself for completing tasks, creating a positive reinforcement loop.
  • Accountability Partners: Having someone to check in with can motivate action and reduce delay.
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