As a procrastinator, it’s important for you to find out why you procrastinate, if you hope to change the behavior and become an organized solopreneur.
Now, almost everyone suffers from procrastination tendencies in at least one aspect of their lives, whether it’s getting work done, doing household chores, or going to the gym.
Wouldn’t it be great if we procrastinated about eating that delicious chocolate brownie as much as we do about writing that blog post?
The truth is, when you procrastinate, you’re getting some sort of payoff for the behavior.
You’re avoiding the pain of right now.
Maybe you realize that it may cause pain later, but you put that out of your mind. Think about that the next time you decide to put something off until later.
Now some of the most common reasons that people procrastinate are:
Fear of Failure
This is the most obvious reason people procrastinate. The fear that you won’t succeed is so strong that you’d rather not try at all. Your mind tells you that you’re not a failure because you didn’t do it yet.
Many people who fear failure have perfectionist tendencies. Perfectionism is really just a cover and an excuse for the fear of failure.
Fear of Success
Believe it or not, some people procrastinate due to a fear of success, the inverse of fear of failure. If you have an innate feeling that you don’t deserve success and lack confidence in your ability to continue being successful, you will procrastinate.
You have a tendency to look so far ahead you already know that once you are on top, it’s harder to stay on top, so why get to the top at all?
Fear of being able to repeat success can block you from ever experiencing success in the first place.
Addiction to the Rush
This is something that often happens to college students and other people who work with strict deadlines. They wait until the last minute and the extra adrenaline that their body produces makes them feel good, too good.
Adrenaline junkies often believe they do better work at the last minute, which could not be further from the truth. If you believe that you perform at a high level at the last minute, imagine how well you would do with a real plan of action?
Now of course there are other reasons for procrastinating, but you will often see at least some of your actions reflected in these 3 most common reaseon for procrastination. Identifying your reason can help you identify that behavior in the moment. If you are a perfectionist, you now need to give yourself a deadline and then meet that deadline, no matter what. Everything could always be improved upon, but does it always need to be imporved upon, that is the real question to be asking.
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