“Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.”

~Mason Cooley

Why do we procrastinate? We procrastinate for several different reasons. As I sit here to write this paper on procrastination I can recall on how many occasions before I have said to myself that I need to start writing articles and blogs. I set dates and reset dates only to not follow through on any of them. I became self-conscious of what others may think about my writings. But, I was encouraged by an e-zine author who told me that writing and sharing what we learn is a great way to become an expert in our field or endeavor. I said yes I will start but days and months passed and I still didn’t get anywhere. Why?

Before I tell you why most of us procrastinate, be aware that all of us procrastinate on occasion. However, for some people, it’s a chronic problem; for others, it’s only a problem in certain areas of their lives. Procrastination is always frustrating because it results in wasted time, lost opportunities, disappointing work performance, and generally feeling bad about yourself.

Reason for procrastination (these are just a few):

They don’t have the skill that the task requires: This was my first thought when I was told that writing articles and blogs would help me to advance in the field of self-development. Sometimes our doubts about doing something come from what someone who thinks we are not capable has told us, and we then take the thought along with us. It took some time but I developed self-confidence and delved straight into writing my articles. My first was rejected but it allowed me to practice until I got it write. The skills for the task you wish to engage in can be developed.

Self-Doubt: Self-doubt is tied closely to the first reason. If you keep telling yourself that you can’t, you won’t. With self-doubting behavior, an individual will not get engaged in a task unless he or she knows they will succeed at it. If you think you can do the thing you set out to do, don’t second guess yourself, because that is when you start to procrastinate.

Trying to be perfect: Being perfect could take a lifetime to accomplish if perfection could ever be achieved. That was athought that came to me after procrastinating on becoming a speaker. I was told about Toastmasters Club and it took me months before I eventually joined. My first thought was that I had to be able to speak properly and lose some of my Jamaican accent, but that was not the case. The members embraced my effort, guided me, and they loved to hear me speak. I say that to say this, you don’t have to be perfect to begin.  As Les Brown would say, “You can cut perfect out of the dictionary, it does not exist.”

Laziness: Some people procrastinate due to their own laziness. These are people who will say to themselves that they have enough time to get the task done. They may get indulged in extra activities that don’t relate to what they have to do like surfing the internet or just catching up with all the different social media news. This type of behavior always leads to the individual saying that they “work better under pressure”.

The fear of failing: A lot of people will not get started because they are just dreaded that they are going to fail. Often we may say that doing the activity is too risky and the end result might not be what we wanted. Remember, it is from failing that most men and women earned the privileged to teach us a new way of thinking. From one’s failure great success can be acquired. Take Thomas Edison for example. He tried thousands of times before he was successful at creating the light bulb. He later said that those attempts had to made before success was possible. He turned his “failures” into strengths and changed the world forever.

I now urge you to start doing some self-evaluation and see where you can change what causes your procrastination. Self-Evaluation is looking at your progress, development and learning to decide what has improved and what areas still need improvement.

My next blog will be on how to overcome procrastination.

Note: How you view yourself as a whole will go a long way toward your willingness to get things done. Start today by writing your weaknesses and strengths in a note book. In the next blog I will tell you what to do with both. Greatness awaits you!

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Mother Teresa

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