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5 Common Reasons You Procrastinate

mindset planning Jul 03, 2023

 The definition of Procrastinate from the Oxford Dictionary is “the action of delaying or postponing something.” 

Can you relate to that? 

I think we all can at some time or other, so you are not alone!

Procrastination is a word that brings a mix of guilt, frustration, and a sense of wasted time. We've all been there, caught in the clutches of delaying important tasks and letting valuable opportunities slip away. 

In order to become the master of your time and avoid procrastination (I call it the Procrasti-demon) you need to do a deep dive into the root cause of your procrastination. 


Here are 5 common reasons it happens:


1. The Perfectionist Paralysis


We all want our work to be impeccable, but striving for perfection can actually hinder our progress. On one hand, it shows our commitment to excellence, but on the other, it can paralyse us with fear of not measuring up. We convince ourselves that we need more time to get things "just right," and thus, procrastination takes hold. 

The solution?

Embrace the power of progress over perfection by shifting your focus towards taking consistent action. Remember, imperfections are a part of the learning process, and each step forward brings you closer to success.



2. The Overwhelm Overload


With the never-ending to-do list, and the overwhelm by a mountain of tasks, it's easy to succumb to procrastination when faced with an overwhelming workload.

Our brains can go into shutdown mode, leaving us stuck and unable to take that first step. 

However, you don't have to tackle everything at once.


Break down your workload into smaller, manageable chunks and prioritize your tasks based on their importance and urgency. Consider delegating tasks when possible and leverage time-management techniques such as the Pomodoro Technique to maximize your productivity.

By taking deliberate, focused action, you'll gain momentum and make steady progress.


Suddenly, that mountain becomes a series of manageable hills you can conquer with confidence.



3. The Distraction Dilemma


In today's hyper-connected world, distractions are abundant and can derail even the most focused individuals. Social media, emails, and endless notifications can steal precious hours from our day. 

We tell ourselves we'll just take a quick break, but before we know it, hours have vanished into thin air.


To help combat this you need to create an environment that fosters focus. 

Set clear boundaries, establish designated work periods free from distractions, and utilise productivity tools to help you stay on task.

By mastering the art of eliminating distractions, you'll reclaim control of your time and energy.



4. The Fear Factor


Fear can be a powerful driver of procrastination. Whether it's fear of failure, fear of success, or even fear of the unknown, it can keep us firmly planted in the realm of procrastination. 

But the truth is fear is just an illusion.


Recognise that failure is a stepping stone to growth and a sign that you're pushing beyond your comfort zone. Success is within your reach, and the unknown holds exciting possibilities. 

Embrace a growth mindset, cultivate self-belief, and take small, courageous steps toward your goals. The more you face your fears, the more they'll lose their grip on you. 

By shifting your perspective and embracing the unknown, watch your productivity soar to new heights.


5. The Lack of Clarity


Sometimes, we find ourselves procrastinating simply because we're unsure of where to start or what steps to take. Without a clear plan of action, we're left spinning our wheels and going nowhere fast.


Imagine trying to assemble a puzzle without the picture on the box. It's challenging, right? Similarly, without clear goals and a vision of what you want to achieve, it's easy to get lost and procrastinate.


Take time to define your objectives, break them down into smaller actionable steps, and create a roadmap to guide your journey. 

Clarity will provide you with the direction and motivation needed to stay on track.



Procrastination is a common challenge we all face, but it doesn't have to define our journey. By understanding the underlying reasons behind our procrastination tendencies and implementing effective strategies, we can overcome this productivity roadblock.


Embrace progress over perfection, conquer overwhelm one task at a time, bid farewell to distractions, face your fears head-on, and pave your way with clarity.


Procrastination may have had its hold on you in the past, but you can take control of your future. Unleash your productivity potential and watch as you achieve greatness!


And if this is something you want a little help and guidance on and need some support for this journey, reach out and book a discovery call to chat about how we can get your started. 


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