A New Look At Procrastination

For decades, psychological research has been able to explain procrastination as a functioning problem, not a consequence of laziness. 

Procrastination isn’t about being lazy. Being curious about the underlying issues rather than judging the behavior can be very helpful. For instance, procrastination can be a symptom of feeling my attempts will not be good enough or acceptable. They may be a result of not knowing how to take the first steps or not having the innate capacity to divide a large project into smaller, manageable pieces. Perhaps a person seems to be procrastinating when they are actually struggling with mental health issues or a difficult home environment. 

People don’t want to fail or disappoint. There are always barriers, whether we see them or not. 

Affirmation: I will take a deeper look at procrastination.

Coaching questions: Why do you procrastinate? How do you judge others who procrastinate? What’s a step you’ll take to discover the underlying causes of your procrastination? 

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2 thoughts on “A New Look At Procrastination

  1. I’m a good procrastinator. But I rarely miss a deadline. I think I use the time I’m procrastinating to plan what needs to happen to finish the task ahead of me and therefore I manage most times to complete the task on time. This has been true at least since high school. I know I wrote a poem in high school English entitled “I’m a Procrastinator.” I don’t have a copy but I think I got an A- as a grade. And I turned it in on time. Or maybe it was a punishment for not turning something else in on time. My memory is fuzzy on that score.

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  2. It’s interesting that you call yourself a procrastinator yet you meet deadlines. Perhaps you’ve determined that it is your role. I’m curious about why it has been a label for you all these years.

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