If you’re reading this, you probably have some procrastination issues.
If so, do you know what causes you to procrastinate?
Here I’m describing most common procrastination causes - it’s likely that some will apply to you. Try to spot which ones ring true as that will help to uproot procrastination from your life.
Here are 10 causes of procrastination:
1. Low self-esteem.
If you don’t believe you can achieve your goals, it’s natural to delay taking action towards something you consider unachievable.
2. Incompatible goals.
If your goal comes from ego and not the real self, you’ll have much less drive to achieve it and you may start procrastinating. Egoistic goals appeal to mind, but the heart doesn’t respond; the heart doesn’t release the energy to achieve such a goal – it’s a struggle to go for it.
3. Placing more importance on other things.
When your goals seem less important than your current issues, there won’t be enough drive to achieve them. Such issues might be money shortage, health problems and conflicts with people you care about.
4. Belief that one lacks tools.
Many procrastinate because they believe they don’t have enough knowledge, good enough technology, attractive enough appearance or favorable enough circumstances to achieve their goals.
Since such a belief is in their minds, it serves as a strong barrier to the energy of productivity. It’s natural to delay action when a reason for the delay seems logical, and thus appealing to the mind. Mind is the master of body – whatever you feed it, it will direct the body accordingly.
5. There are too many distractions.
There could be numerous things to do or forms of entertainment/engagement to spend time on that promise a temporary sense of happiness and satisfaction. It’s very easy to involve yourself with them as they give instant gratification. They, however, are quick to consume all time, and leave you feeling like a failure in the long run.
6. Unwillingness to understand the consequences of procrastination.
Some people block off the ability to see what their lives would look like if they would continue delaying taking actions towards success. They would rather believe that in some magical way everything would sort itself out. This unwillingness to take off the sunny glasses and see things as they are cause many wasted lives.
7. Fear of success.
Fear of success is more common than some think. It haunts people for various reasons, like believing they aren’t good enough or aren’t worthy of a better life. Procrastination comes as a natural response to such convictions.
There are other reasons for fear of success too, like…
- believing people will dislike you when you’re successful
- believing that successful people are boasters and shallow
- believing that successful people are bad in some way
- believing that success requires too much hard work
The last reason is partially true, but only partially. If you work hard but you love your work, it will seem natural – something you would do anyway.
8. Being in comfortable circumstances.
Having a steady job, living in relative comfort and having an okay relationship numbs people from hearing the inner call that says “You can be so much more.”
Because there’s no hard push from such a lifestyle (compared to poverty, for example), people don’t feel the need to act now to improve their existence. Many wake up only at the very end of their lives, regretting haven’t gone the extra mile.
9. Lack of well-defined goals.
It’s easy to start procrastinating when you don’t even know what kind of life you would like to live. A mind cannot calculate the actions you need to take if you have no well-defined goals. Thus, no energy comes forth to manifest the goal.
10. Lazy body.
Body, mind and soul are connected. When one is out of balance, another will get sick soon. If you eat wrong food or don’t move much, your body becomes sluggish and soon this sluggishness reaches the mind too.
Then thoughts of procrastination start reaching your ear:
“I will write a blog post tomorrow.”
“It’s not that urgent to take out the litter anyway.”
…and similar thoughts hypnotize you into non-action.
Think over the reasons of procrastination I gave in this post. When some ring true, note them down and dwell on them. This awareness of procrastination reasons itself will start healing this disease.
Then check in a few days’ time this blog again – on Sunday I’ll release a post about how to beat procrastination. I’ll address ways to beat every cause of procrastination I mentioned in this post.
Have you identified your biggest cause(s) of procrastination? Do you have something to say about procrastination? Share your thoughts in the comments below.