If and When were planted, and Nothing grew.” 

My 2013 resolution is to overcome one of my impeding habits. Every day I tell myself that I will get up early in the morning to do “Something” , then in the morning I convince  myself  that it’s “Not Important to do it today”.  I am not sailing alone in this boat. Some people believe that they save all of their work until the last minute because then they’ll be older, therefore wiser. Few people claim that nothing makes a person more productive then last ten minutes. All this indicates towards the most common and deadliest disease, which heavily tolls on success and development. This disease which hinders progress and results in excessive anxiety is none other than Procrastination.

ammara3Procrastination can serve as a major problem in both your career and your personal life. It silently takes us away from our goals, success and glory, hence we have missed opportunities, frenzied work hours, stress, resentment, and guilt. Procrastination is in other words is like an exotic drug that gently yet purposefully draws us into its web of short term fix and pleasure by minimizing uncomfortable feelings and pushing us further down the rabbit hole.

This psychological trap can be triggered in many different ways. There are various reasons for procrastination based on the principle of cause and effect. Sometimes we procrastinate because we are overwhelmed with too much on our plate, and procrastination gives us a utopian relief. However, other times lethargy and emotional dysegulation are the culprits. For those of us who are not aware of these triggers, life can be extremely unmanageable. On the other hand, those of us who are successfully able to identify these triggers leading to procrastinating habits, can indeed begin to take steps that will help us break free of these unproductive habitual cycles. Let’s look at some of the common reasons and understand what is true in your case.

Fear based Procrastinations:

Fear, our basic survival mechanism, makes our survival difficult beyond imagination. This emotion is a primary reason for procrastination trap. We start perceiving threats in things that are actually vital for our development and failure. It manifests within the behavior of perfectionism. When you fear failure, you struggle with the idea of being inadequate and not living up to the high standards you set for yourself. This naturally leads to hesitancy, which either breeds inaction (due to overwhelming emotions) or promotes perfectionism where you tend to spend more time on activities than required. Sometimes we simply sink into the procrastination cycle because we fear the possible conflict that awaits us if we undertake the specific task or activity under question.

Action based Procrastinations:

Procrastination is a kind of inaction, and yes some actions do provide the platform for procrastination. Sometimes we are stuck in perfection trap and in actual we are distracted from our goal or aim. Perfection trap can be of two types; either we are stuck in a ritual or we are over planning things are not executing those plan. Our procrastinations can also form ritualistic habits of behavior that tend to go unnoticed as their patterns are so very deeply ingrained into our psyche. These self-sabotaging habits can lead to uncontrollable spirals of procrastination that are difficult to understand because the behavior causing these actions is hidden away within the recesses of our unconscious mind. Here we all need to identify our problematic habits.  Such as many of us have a habit of setting the expectation bar so high up into the stratosphere that we simply have no hope of ever living up to these expectations. This tends to lead us down a spiral of deflating emotional experiences that settle down to earth as procrastinating habits that pull us in the opposite direction from our end goal and objective.

Feeling based Procrastinations:

Difficult or overwhelming feelings about a certain thing can be a much sold reason for procrastination. We feel inadequate when we find ourselves incapable of dealing with the challenges, problems and obstacles that life throws our way. This may lead to bouts of procrastination that focus us on insignificant keeping busy tasks and activities, or may even dishearten us altogether from our goals and objectives. As a result we become frustrated when confronted with tasks and challenges we believe are within our capabilities and this further gives strength to procrastination.

Procrastination Triggered through inadequacy:

Sometimes we procrastinate simply because we are not well equipped. We lack main ingredients which are central to start our action. These are not always tools or gadgets, but can in fact be linked to deeper psychological tendencies that we must learn to control and work through in an effective and efficient way. Usually, we tend to procrastinate because of a lack of focus and attention. On others time lack of confidence is the hindrance. All of them are the byproduct of lack of some important resources and skills. We need to gain skill and experience in a specific area for example how to improve focus/confidence. Simply go out there and bring back what you need in order to fulfill the promise of your goals.

Stay tuned I’ll be back soon with some strategies on overcoming procrastination. As for now let’s figure out reasons of procrastination in order to facilitate our understanding pertaining to the strategies to overcome this trap of procrastination.