Why Do I Keep Procrastinating Even Though I Know It’s Unhelpful?

by | Feb 21, 2022 | Procrastination, Stress | 0 comments

Procrastination is the act of choosing to delay a task, despite it leading to negative consequences. Usually, procrastination occurs with tasks that we experience as unpleasant or uncomfortable in some way, and procrastination functions as a way to dodge this discomfort.

Procrastination is a common issue that can come up in therapy, and I have often noticed that people can attribute procrastination to an internal personal failing, like “I’m so lazy”. However, this may not always be the case. When I am trying to figure out what keeps an individual stuck in a procrastination cycle, I also consider how that individual views themselves and the task to be completed. For example, some people believe that it is best to start a task when they are feeling well rested, inspired, have a high level of motivation, and a stretch of time completely free of interruptions. However, if you wait for all these conditions to be perfect, you will probably be waiting a long time! Alternatively, some people who strive to complete a task to a high standard may believe that a task is not worth doing unless it can be perfect, or very very good, which can also lead to procrastination.

If you find yourself believing that procrastination means that you are simply lazy, consider some of these alternative explanations for what keeps you stuck in a procrastination cycle. To help you with this, I’ve created a list of some common procrastination-prone thinking patterns, and some alternative ways of thinking that leads to doing. Click here to download this list: https://mailchi.mp/78ff90a745a4/procrastination