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To procrastinate – keep delaying something that must be done,

often because it is unpleasant or boring.

(Cambridge Dictionary)

Procrastination can affect various aspects of our lives, including work, personal goals, and well-being.

Are you:

  • avoiding difficult conversations or decisions with colleagues or superiors?
  • ignoring emails or requests until they become urgent?
  • postponing addressing debt until it becomes a crisis?
  • delaying cleaning your house?
  • waiting until the night before to start writing an important paper?

The reasons can be different.

  • Lack of motivation – this is perhaps the most common cause. When a task doesn’t align with our goals and values, it can be difficult to be motivated to solve it.
  • Poor time management – without a structured plan, tasks remain all over the place, so it becomes easier to postpone them. This lack of organization can lead to a constant feeling of having too much to do.
  • Perfectionism – some people delay tasks because of the fear that they won’t meet their incredibly high standards. This can paralyze, making it hard to even begin a project for fear of making a mistake.
  • Task aversion – assignments that some people find boring end up on the procrastination list. Instead of confronting discomforts, people hope they will somehow disappear. They won’t.

Here is what to do:

  • Identify triggers – choose situations that lead to procrastination and address them.
  • Set priorities – determine what truly matters and focus your energy there.
  • Establish visible deadlines – write them down where you can see them daily.
  • Embrace imperfection – free yourself from the grip of perfectionism.
  • Reward progress – celebrate your achievements with tangible rewards.
  • Recognize the difference – distinguish between procrastination and a genuine need for preparation when facing a challenging task.