What is procrastination and is it harmful?

What is Procrastination? Our excuses

Our procrastination includes making excuses.

In addition, we often use reasons based on unconscious characteristics that prevent us from taking action, such as anxieties, fears, or other types of behaviour.

Fears or anxieties.

It is understood that fear of failure is one of the most common reasons for procrastinating.

Procrastination is an attempt to avoid pain and to avoid the unknown.

In addition to low self-confidence, people afraid of failure are anxious about what will happen if they fail and believe they can’t meet their expectations.

Whenever possible, we try to avoid unpleasant situations.

Avoiding ridicule and rejection drives us to procrastinate.

Avoiding rejection is what keeps us in our comfort zones.


When procrastinators lack the knowledge of where to start, they avoid doing anything.

For example, they try to do it all at once instead of breaking up the big project into smaller pieces. Or they are overwhelmed with many minor duties that need to be done and unsure where to begin.

Therefore, instead of completing tasks, they avoid doing either one.


Procrastinators can be so confident of the task they need to accomplish that they delay it to the last minute.

They may think they can do the job without preparation or may believe it can be done without preparation, so they put it off.


Perfectionism is similar to overconfidence. And therefore, it prevents you from completing a task.

The term perfectionism is typically used to describe someone obsessive about details.

As a result, they are not preoccupied with completing projects. Instead, their procrastination stems from their fear that they will not complete the task effectively.

Lack of motivation and accountability.

It is difficult to push oneself when one works alone, especially without a boss holding one accountable.

The procrastinator may have goals but lacks motivation or someone to hold them responsible.


Making decisions is difficult for people who procrastinate. Before they can move forward with action, they cannot decide which action to take or which decision to make.

Analysis paralysis occurs when we overthink a situation.

Vague or abstract goals.

Procrastination is more likely to occur if your goals are unclear than if they are clear.

For example, I believe that a generic goal like “start exercising” is more likely to lead to procrastination.

However, a more comprehensive plan like “walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes after work every day.” will lead to action.

Disliking the task.

A procrastinator will often avoid doing a task because they are opposed to it. Whenever a task is unappealing, you must do whatever it takes to prevent it.

Many reasons can make you procrastinate when faced with a task.

Perhaps the job is tedious, dull, or frustrating. Incompetence might cause you to procrastinate.

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