How many times have you faced immense pressure to finish a project just the night before the deadline or have too much to deal with because of constantly piling up things? It’s not so uncommon. A lot of us procrastinate every day. We spend hours on social media, keep checking our inboxes, doing unimportant things, all the while ignoring what needs to be done first.
Murk Qazi has BS Social Sciences degree to her credit, conferred by Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology. She has developed numerous research studies in the domain of Psychology and otherwise. being a believer of meaningfulness, she is determined to make her career, and life in general, as much productive as her potentials would allow. Other interests include reading, art, literature, aesthetics, and food.
Editor: Haroon Christy
What happens in procrastination is that we are seeking instant gratification, something described as “led astray by the ‘visceral’ rewards of the present” by George Loewenstein, a professor of economics and psychology at Carnegie Melon University.
But if you ask, why do we actually procrastinate. Contrary to common belief, it is not due to not wanting to do a task. So in simple words, the reason of not getting things done on time or starting them up on time is not because we don’t want to. Yet procrastination is a part of our lifestyle.
So then what exactly is the reason that we procrastinate? We think we are doing the best we can but actually we are just postponing the important tasks in some subtle ways that are not easily identifiable.
A big part of our procrastination is attributed to depending on others to get things done. Sometimes it is also linked to self blame. You may hear yourself or others say things like “I will be done in no time, I’m just waiting for my friend to send his part first since he is doing the introductory part of the presentation.” Sometimes your self-worth does the job and you delay getting done with something because you feel you will not do a good job at it.
How many times have you thought to get started with the assignments or your thesis but put it on hold just because you thought that maybe you will not be able to do a justified or good job at it? How many times have you avoided learning something new because you thought it would be too difficult for you? It’s quite common and we all struggle with it. Self-blaming and externalizing procrastination are one of the most significant factors that that drive our lazy behavior.