Why we Procrastinate

America’s #1 pastime is to procrastinate. Why we procrastinate is complex. Humans are attracted to new and interesting activities. This stimulates our minds. The routine stuff does the opposite.

Chronic procrastinators may suffer from depression. They may also be angry about their lot in life. These moods interfere with our concentration and focus.

But there are other reasons why we procrastinate. The task at hand may bring us to a realization we may not want to face. For example, someone may not enjoy keeping track of their finances or balancing the check book. The reason? It reminds them of how poor they are or how much debt they are in.

Another example may be the guy or gal with the gym membership. Every time they go to the gym they are reminded of how out of shape they are. Seeing the svelte athletic type working out next to them doesn’t help either.

One more reason for procrastination is related to identity. Going on a diet may be identified as being fat and dieters may be identified by the procrastinator as people who need help and lack self-discipline.

By avoiding these mundane tasks like, washing our clothes, we wake up and realize we have no clean clothes to wear. That important paperwork for your new job interview has not been completed. Now you are even more stressed out says Lisa M. Juliana, PsyD.

Juliana says that failing to attend to the mundane required to maintain ourselves and the effect of this neglect interferes with our lives. How? Because it keeps us from the exciting lives we so long for.

What are some ways to overcome procrastination? According to life coach Mary Morrissey, having a vision and being specific can help. We must always remember what we want our end result to be. Being specific keeps us motivated and focused on our vision.

In conclusion, we must always be thinking of the end result and what these mundane activities will do for us once they are accomplished.

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