Why Do You Procrastinate When You Know It’s Not Helping You? – Part 2

If you’ve struggled with procrastination, you know how detrimental a habit it is; I don’t need to convince you. Deep down, you know that you would accomplish far more if only you can get a handle on this bad habit.

If you know that procrastination is not good for you, why do you do it? That’s the question we’ve been investigating in this three-part series.

Knowing why you procrastinate can help you fight back; it provides you with insight on this fierce “enemy.” In my previous post, I presented two of the main reasons why you may be procrastinating. Let’s look at a two more here.

You Feel Forced to Do Something

If you don’t like to be told what to do, you may procrastinate to rebel against someone whom you feel is trying to impose their will on you. To affirm yourself and send a clear message to that person, you intentionally delay acquiescing to their request.

You can observe this when a child feels forced by one of their parents to do something they don’t feel like doing. For example, Mom tells her teenage son to go clean his room, and he procrastinates just because he doesn’t want to obey her. He knows he should clean his room and perhaps was even going to do it soon, but because Mom asked, he delays.

Sometimes, you procrastinate just because you feel forced to do something, and you don’t enjoy feeling forced. This act of rebellion is often rooted in pride, a feeling that doesn’t produce anything good in your life. Not wanting to let the other person feel they have any measure of control over you, you refuse to comply with their request—at least not until you’ve made your point.

Procrastination uses whatever it can, even your pride. Let go of your ego, and procrastination will have one less way to trip you. Ultimately, the right thing to do is getting the job done, and you know it; get it done.

You Prefer Your Distraction of Choice

Sometimes, you procrastinate because you can’t resist your distraction of choice.

You know that you have work to do, but scrolling through your Facebook feed is so addictive that you can’t let it go. It’s not that you don’t like your work; it’s just that you’re addicted to your news feed. And when you should be working, you’re on autopilot, mindlessly scrolling through your feed.

Your distraction of choice is a powerful bait in the hands of procrastination. And if you’re not careful, you’ll fall for it every time.

To avoid succumbing to the appeals of distractions, you must take measures to protect yourself against them. For instance, you can make sure that they are nowhere in sight when it’s time to work. At least, you can find ways to put barriers between your distraction of choice and you. That’s what some people do when they block their Internet access before they perform focused work.

Keep studying the root of your procrastination, and the more insight you gain, the more equipped you’ll be to overcome it.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.