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Why do people procrastinate-myself include

Procrastinate or stretching, not meeting deadlines, being late, or postponing is one of the essential wastes of time. According to a study by DePaul University psychologist Joseph Ferrari, the number of deferrals has increased from 5% to 25% in the last 30 years.

And these are people who admit that they regularly postpone things and are therefore unable to meet deadlines. So many other robbers do not acknowledge procrastination but justify the non-observance of deadlines with external factors.

The simplest example of this would be how many times we have postponed a car wash because it does not seem to be the most crucial task at the moment.

The reasons for procrastination can be found in very different ways.

It is popular to complain that there is a lot to do now, so it is wise to procrastinate some activities.It seems fast and complicated today, but much more comfortable tomorrow. We forget that when we arrive tomorrow, the day will be filled with some surprises, time-wasters, and again we will be in a hurry, and also we will procrastinate some deadlines.


According to several researchers, we are needy at estimating the time spent. The procrastination is due to the victory of impulsively over future benefits. Everything that gives results now and now is more pleasing to us. Further, the potential income is procrastination to the future, the less important it seems to us.

So we are consuming an immediate benefit (procreation instead of doing it) now, and we are prepared to pay more interest on it in the future (problems caused by procrastination). In some ways, it is very similar to the whole modern life around us. The more we procrastinate things, the more significant problems await us in the future, and even more action is needed to solve them. So what to do?

Most traditional time management tips help against procrastination – set goals, set priorities, reduce distractions, motivate yourself, and on.


However, some suggestions are specifically for procrastinators.

Sticky notes help me; I have a separate place where I put them. I have an independent board on the workshop wall where I have all the important things written down. Another kitchen area is a separate notebook on top of the refrigerator where I can write my purchase needs.

And surely you also don’t forget that there are modern solutions like one example google calendar which is available on most computers that you can sync with your phone. This is one of the best solutions that suits me.

Another trick I use when planning my time is that I also plan my free time; one example I have made clear to myself that on a working day after 20:00, I no longer work with a computer, then my time starts where I no longer make decisions. The reason because the head is tired and no longer works properly.

Most procrastinators use the phrase “yes, but”

Most procrastinators use the phrase “yes, but” when communicating with themselves or others. For example – “I know I have to do this report, but I’m in a hurry right now.” Or – “I have to reply to this email, but I don’t have enough information to do it.” If so, you should be forced to use “yes, and…”.

In the previous examples, it would be much more positive to say the sentences: “do I have to do this report, and at what expense can I find this time now?” Or “I have to reply to this e-mail and get more information in advance.” another meaning? The problem is the same, but we have already taken a step towards a solution by describing the problem.

Leave yes-but behind and use yes-and! At this point, I would like to remind you of a comedy movie if you remember Jim Carry starring I guess it was called “Yes man” if you have seen this movie, then you are talking about what I’m talking about.

Another simple word to avoid is “later.” If an activity is planned for later, it probably won’t be done. Vague promises such as “tomorrow” or “next week” must also be avoided. Once again, the rule of specific deadlines applies – when planning or re-planning activities, they must have a particular date and time deadline!

The best way to deal with unpleasant tasks is to do them in the morning between 04.00 and 12.00, if you do unpleasant jobs in the morning, you are done, and you can focus on pleasant tasks.

We all know the answer to the popular question, “how to eat an elephant?” The answer is, “one mouthful at a time.” They are unpleasant, often time-consuming, of vague importance, and therefore difficult to motivate to deal with. Such work must be seen as an elephant and not postponed to the future because “I don’t have the appetite or time to eat an elephant right now.” All right, 10 minutes.

Very often, it is enough to start to complete the whole project. Very often, I also have a problem writing articles. If I have a topic, I let it mature for 1-2 days; in the meantime, I look at another piece and read about it, and so I dream the same. But I know if I have one day to meet that deadline, I have to start writing. I have developed a routine for myself which is as follows, I have put together my own

the whole meditative background of the music, and it may not be verbal. My attention moves elsewhere and unable to focus. Usually, it takes me 6 hours, and then I start writing.

The latter recommendation is a bit extreme today but still extremely useful.

To avoid procrastination, you must disconnect yourself from the Internet! It’s not that we’re interrupted by social programs or incoming emails from behind our computers. It is enough to see the e-mail icon and “go check for incoming messages.”

Again, this is an emotionally enjoyable activity that we are replacing with a potentially less enjoyable, delayed activity. According to Psychologist, a professor at Carleton University, people spend 50% of their time online postponing activities. That is why I occasionally do such postponed work on an aircraft that does not (yet) have an internet connection.

You don’t even have the opportunity to check the news or new messages, and the offline environment also helps to make long-delayed and tedious commitments. And most importantlyfor example, 2 hours of organizing your email inbox gives you a cheerful emotional slap that lasts for days! So, whether we are procrastinators or not, it is very much a question of attitude. Yes-but-life stayed yesterday, and yes-and-life begins today.

And one more thing I wanted to clarify.

The question is whether we are lazy when we procrastinate things.

To justify me and others, I can say that I do not consider myself a lazy person. Sometimes life grows over and over again. This has happened to absolutely everyone. It has nothing to do with laziness, but we need to learn to plan our time better. I don’t know if time planning is taught in today’s schools or not, but I’ve heard that people in leading positions are trained. Maybe then the primary school should introduce such a plan as well.

Finally, a joke about procrastinates things.


6 thoughts on “why do people procrastinate-myself included”

  1. Thank you for sharing this article on why we procrastinate. I am definitely a procrastinator. This article has helped me realize some of the reasons why. Some of these I never even thought of until I read your article. I think through this, i can get better. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Definitely guilty… I know how much I procrastinate. And while I’ve definitely minimized it over the last year and a half, I have still struggled with it. I have been trying to find ways to cope with it and minimize it even more which is why I ran into this page. I will admit, coming to this page has been a good reward for me to learn some valuable lessons

  3. Hey, I really found this article really amazing and helpful as well, it was very interesting because I procrastinate a lot and this article hit me differently and I felt like it was just written for me, I really found the solutions cool as well, procastination is really a common problem of many people today and that makes articles like these very important

  4. “How do you eat an elephant?”  Haha…I’ve never heard that one before but it certainly fits in this discussion doesn’t it?  

    I love your suggestions if using sticky notes. I, myself, use lists and I find that makes me accountable. If it’s right there, in my face, I can’t pretend it doesn’t exist!  And, although my work has to be done online, I agree that’s easy to check that inbox one more time…

    When want to procrastinate on my writing, I will make myself work on it for a certain timeframe (maybe 30 minutes) and then allow myself to move on to other necessary work.  Oh, what the heck…I’ll do it later! 😉


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