Why are we procrastinating?
Firstly, is interesting to reflect on what is happening when we are procrastinating. There might be a few reasons for procrastination.
- Including, feeling bored, lonely or stressed.
- Similarly, feeling like a task is too hard or too big, even insurmountable.
- Moreover, you might be procrastinating because you simple don’t like the task – you are not particularly energised by the task.
- Perhaps it’s not your task and you’ve been dumped with a monkey on your back.
- Or maybe the goal posts are moving.
Whatever the case, we simply can’t seem to get moving on a task. As a result, we may know what to do. But can’t seem to fire up the motivation or momentum to start.
Consequently, this lack of action starts to cause a build-up in stress. As a rule, this stress will build up until the deadline is fast looming, or even past. In most cases, this will lead to a huge binge of work.
By the same token, this is also when people start to delegate. Pushing the ‘monkey’ over the fence to get it off their desk. Consequently, others are getting dumped with the work and the stress builds up for then. Alternatively, you might freeze. Unable to do the work, despite the deadline.
Somewhere along the line we need a circuit breaker.