Procrastination: not just a fancy word

Everybody does it!

Well, statistically at least 95% of people postpone some of their tasks, big or small. And while we call this process different ways like “laziness”, “not enough motivation” or “overloading”, specialists of time management call it procrastination.
Yes, procrastination is the real thing and a big issue for people nowadays.

But blaming and calling yourself lazy or making “good” excuses are not the solutions for it. And before we’ll try to find ways to change the habit of delaying tasks let’s find out if you’re really procrastinating and how you can do it (sometimes without even knowing about it).

Are you lazy? Procrastination is not laziness. When you procrastinate you’re still active and choose to do something else instead of the task that you know you should be doing.
And being lazy often suggests apathy, inactivity and an unwillingness to act.

But despite the fact that procrastination is very different to laziness it doesn’t make it a good thing. If we let it happen it can have serious consequences. The small acts of procrastination make us feel guilty and ashamed. While over a long time procrastination can become demotivated and cause us to miss out on achieving our goals.

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If you ever:

  • Start a high-priority task and then go off to make a coffee or a phone call to your spouse (friend/ colleague/ pet
  • Do less important tasks first while you should be doing the other big work at the time
  • Have a very important item on your To-Do list for a very long time
  • Wait for “the best time”, “right mood”, “Monday” to start a big project
  • Or do you sometimes say:

  • “There is plenty of time”
  • “I can always do it tomorrow”
  • “I’ll start right after.. (I do the dishes/ I clean my desk/ finish reading the last 15 pages of a book/ your option)
  • “It’s not really that important”
  • “I’ve got too much else to do right now”
  • If you have at least one “Yes” on the list, you are a procrastinator. Sorry)

    But don’t be sorry for yourself! Remember 2 things:

    • everybody else does it – you’re not alone with the problem
    • procrastination is not a disease but just a habit – yes, it’s a bad one, but we all know we can change it. If we really want to.

    And the first thing you can do right now is to think why you really do it. Why do you delay things that are really important. Try to be honest with yourself. There is no right or wrong answers, but only real things that bother or make you uncomfortable to start the task.
    Write down your answers and welcome to the second part of our big “Procrastination” research to find out what you can do to vanish this habit.
    Stay tuned!

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