The psychological causes behind procrastination

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

The psychological causes behind procrastination

How many times have you delayed doing a certain task then felt guilty?
How many times have you started studying then ended up day dreaming?

The act of Delaying your important tasks and duties is called Procrastination. Procrastination often leads to guilt, lack of self confidence and feelings of shame. In this article I will point out one of the very important things that you can do in order to get over Procrastination which is getting more self understanding.

self understanding and Procrastination

People usually misunderstand the nature of Procrastination, they may think that they aren’t able to start doing a certain task because the task is boring or because its difficult but the truth is that Procrastination is usually caused by other personal problems in your life and not by the task itself.

  • Fear of Failure: fear of failure could be one of the things that is preventing you from starting the task. If you are afraid to start you may end up delaying your task then think that you didn't start because you weren't in the mood.
  • Stress: being unable to control the stress you feel while doing the task will result in making you hate the task and so you will avoid doing it. we usually don’t hate tasks themselves but we just hate the bad emotions we experience while doing these tasks. (see the article feeling tired all the time for more information)
  • Your subconscious mind : your subconscious mind may be refusing to allow you to start your task because it may be thinking that this task is useless. By understanding yourself more and by being able to communicate better with your subconscious mind you will be able to motivate yourself to do any task. (see this article for more information on convincing your subconscious mind)
  • Bad Moods : Depression, bad moods and mood swings can prevent you from doing anything you want and can force you to delay all of your current plans. In this case the problem is not with the task nor with the boredom associated with it but its with your own bad mood!! fix your mood and you will be able to complete your tasks on time.
  • Low emotional tolerance: If you have a low emotional tolerance so that you are unable to withstand the unpleasant feelings associated with a certain task then you might end up procrastinating just because your brain wants you to avoid the pain associated with the task
  • Self regulation issues: If your ability to control your impulses and temporary desires is low then you are very likely to procrastinate. See Self regulation and parenting
  • You don't like what you do: When a person hates a task or when a person is forced to do something that he doesn't like then he is very likely to procrastinate

The big picture

We are humans and we have emotions. Usually time management and Procrastination problems result from not looking at the big picture and not taking into consideration our different emotions when we plan for our tasks.

The solution to Procrastination is to understand and deal with your own personal problems because after all they are the ones behind your inability to complete a task and not the difficulty of the task.

Time management can make you more productive and happy. 18 months ago i started 2knowmyself.com and in that short period of time i managed to make it a website that generates thousands of dollars/month, not to mention that i am 26 years old.

In that 18 months period i used to go to work, study for my MBA, meet my friends, go to the gym and have fun. If i didn't value time management i wouldn't have done any of that. Time management is essential skill that is required for reaching what you want and for doing everything that you wanted to do.

Farouk is not only holding several degrees in psychology but he is also an MBA holder, a stock market investor and an entrepreneur. The information you are reading now can dramatically increase your chance of increasing your wealth and becoming reach. If you have any doubts regarding these statements then read what other visitors say about 2knowmyself.com.The book How I did it was written by Farouk and it explains how he managed to make a website that generates thousands of dollars/month in less than 2 years without paying a penny.

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