Do you ever wonder why you procrastinate?
Well stop wondering because it doesn't matter.
Analyzing why we procrastinate is just another way of procrastinating.
For those of us inclined toward studying the "whys" of human behavior, this is one area where the why just gets in the way of the how.
I could list 100 reasons why we procrastinate, and they might be simply fascinating to study and dissect. But if we really want to stop procrastinating, we need to explore how to stop it rather than why we do it. This, my self-improvement-loving friends, is the time for action -- not introspection!
We all procrastinate. No one likes to do what they don't want to do. If you think you are a far worse procrastinator than the next guy, I can assure you, you aren't. However, you may not have learned the skills to ignore it, sidestep it, or laugh in its face. (The notable exceptions here are those who suffer from depression or ADHD. Procrastination can be symptoms of these disorders.)
For the sake of this discussion, let's talk about procrastination related to tasks that you know must be done rather than habits you want to form or drop. Habit creation or habit dropping are entirely different animals and require a different set of skills. I've written about habits before, so you can read those posts to compliment this one if you'd like. (more…)