Procrastination- in theory- is supposed to make our lives more pleasant. In reality it almost always adds stress, disorganization and failure. Procrastination is based on fears. In varying degrees, we are all afraid of facing reality: life’s challenges, the hard work and frustrations ahead of us.
Negative reinforcement plays a major role in procrastination and hinders success. Behaviors like watching TV and rationalizations or excuses enable the procrastinator to avoid unpleasant work. Procrastination is an escape.
Procrastination comes in all shapes and forms. The emotions behind procrastination can include:
Fear (perhaps of failure or success)
Panic (not understanding what needs to be done, or not believing in one’s ability to do it)
Anger (stemming from a lack of control and/or the desire to rebel against authority)
Boredom (general malaise and dislike of the work that needs to be done)
Depression (this can lead to an ever worsening cycle because we put things off when we feel depressed, and then the negative consequences of that decision depress us even more)
Pleasure Seeking (sometimes we simply prioritize play above work)
The procrastinator must correctly identify his forms of procrastination and find solutions for his specific emotional reactions in order to kick the habit.