You surely noticed that sometimes it’s harder to do some things even though you’ve done the a million times before. What has changed? You are pretty much the same and the situation is also pretty much the same, so why procrastination is stronger sometimes?
There are multiple reasons and all of them are related to us. Think about that even though everything seems to be the same, it’s obvious that some things are different, otherwise we would do the things with the same ease every time. So what makes procrastination different?
Our level of tiredness
The more tired we are, the stronger procrastination gets. If you think about it, it does make total sense. If you had to deal with stupid co-workers, rude cashiers and crazy traffic all day long, you wouldn’t be “thrilled” to cook something or to work on that extra project that has the deadline next month. But when all you have to do in that day is to cook or to work on the project, it would be easier compared to the first scenario.
The idea that there is another way
If you knew the deadline for whatever you need to do is in half an hour, procrastination wouldn’t exist. But if you know that you can find a way to do the same thing tomorrow or next week, procrastination is stronger. When there is no other way, procrastination disappears.
Ok, this is a little bit trickier. Think about having an exam. If all your life until this point you only learned the night before the exam, you already have a habit in place. If you have this habit, do you really think you will learn now for the exam you have next week even though you know you should? I doubt it!
The lack of excitement
If whatever you need to do gives you nothing more than negative feelings that suck the energy out of you, procrastination gets stronger. No one looks forward to dive deep into a grey world.
The lack of a strong why
People won’t do things just because that’s what they have to. They’ll procrastinate until the very end. But when that why comes from within, people get stronger than the procrastination and they do get things done! If your why is superficial, procrastination will make you its b*tch, but if your why is your family or your future or whatever is strong for you, then it will be your b*tch.
There are some strategies we can use to fight this dragon, but we need to be willing to do it if our life is not where we’d like it to because of procrastination.
What makes your procrastination stronger?
22 thoughts on “What Strengthens Your Procrastination?”
It’s just me responsible for the health and wellbeing of three individuals…. And sometimes, I’m just too damn tired. That’s it.
I’m not sure if that counts as procrastination since you usually do those things. It’s normal to be tired from time to time… we’re only humans after all.
No matter how much I plan, I fail to do what I hate… Like folding clothes… That’s my Everest.. if I fold clothes daily… I’ll give myself an award😁
Giving yourself an award is the way to slightly motivate yourself to do it. Yes, that’s not always enough, but sometimes it is 🙂
Tried that! went straight for the award and bypassed the chore! 🙁
Lack of excitement for sure
Yeah, well, it’s hard to be excited when it comes to doing chores…
I procrastinate to put off the joy of accomplishment that much more. I need that to look forward to.
So procrastination helps you be more excited about what you need to do?
Not crazy. “Only” interesting 🙂
Phenomenal post. Absolutely loved it.
Thank you very much for reading! I love that you loved it! 😀
Definitely the lack of excitement in my case. :/
Have you tried inserting something exciting after (or even during) what you need to do so you procrastinate a little less?
I am a big procrastinator. I am guilty of saying I’m going to do something at a certain time then putting it off repeatedly until I make myself get up and do it
Interesting! What’s the difference between the first times and the time when you make yourself get up and do it?
Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now doesn’t help!
No, they don’t!
Reblogged this on Author S. L. Danielson and commented:
Tiredness is my main reason these days; but I’m battling back with a schedule and plan of attack
It’s nice that you have a plan of attack! Thank you very much for your reblog! 😀