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 of procrastination, rather than judging the behavior, can be very helpful. For instance, delaying action can be a symptom of feeling that our action won’t be acceptable.
Dithering 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.
Before judging, consider that a person may seem to be procrastinating when they’re 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 cases of your procrastination?