Procrastination Apr 11, 2024

Procrastination is a general term now commonly used among people in context with the teenage and adolescent population. Generally, people assume procrastination is simply because of laziness or the unwillingness to do something, but it is more complicated than it has to do with a simple lack of motivation.

What is the definition of procrastination?

Procrastination is a common phenomenon in which we delay doing something despite knowing its negative results. In other words, procrastination is the act of delaying our tasks for various reasons, ranging from laziness, lack of motivation, or simply the unwillingness to do something.

Almost 20% of the adult population in the US tends to procrastinate, according to a study.

We tend to think of procrastination as an up-and-coming issue that has come into its own in the age of HTML. It is, in some respects, a modern phenomenon. Procrastination, on the other hand, was an ancient issue, likely emerging with the emergence of the division of labor, in which failing to complete a job no longer resulted in quick destruction, and with the invention of diversions to carry out the procrastination.

We don’t have plenty of proof from ancient times of how people procrastinate—personal confession was still a couple of millennia away from being the world’s official writing genre—but we do know that it was happening, and not only in the workplace.

Behavioral procrastination

There are two kinds of behavioral procrastination. First, throughout your task, you may stray from the original plan in favor of a more appealing course of action. Second, the negative effects of such diversions become clear over time, such as when people delay seeing their doctors until therapy is no longer an option.

Procrastination in Decision-Making

When faced with choices and difficulties, we procrastinate. People who engage in a high level of procrastination in making decisions are perfectionists who are afraid of making mistakes. Over-informed decision-makers run the risk of performing even more self-sabotage. Optional paralysis is a tactic in which people create so many possibilities for themselves that they feel unable to choose because they are afraid of choosing a poor alternative.

Procrastination in the Workplace

Procrastination in the workplace is usually viewed as poor behavior that increases employer costs due to work inefficiency. Procrastination takes up roughly a fourth of the population’s working days. Procrastinators, as a result, are likely to work in job sectors with lower internal promotions.

Academic Procrastination

Academic procrastination is the tendency to procrastinate academic tasks, which may have a negative impact. Procrastination in the classroom is frequent among students of all cultures and genders. Student procrastinators delay coursework out of overestimation or to focus on pointless activities that result in lower performance as well as negative feelings that ultimately impact their performance in school, college, etc.

Revenge bedtime procrastination

There is a thing called revenge bedtime procrastination. Sounds interesting, right? It is more common in our everyday lives than you think, especially in the era where we are surrounded by distractions like video games, the internet, and smartphones.

Revenge bedtime procrastination is delaying your sleep at night just because you think you didn’t get to do something you planned to do during the day. An act of revenge for lost leisure, you can say! Revenge bedtime procrastination, which can include scrolling through your Instagram feed at night, reading your favorite book, or playing the new edition of the Tekken game. Things are too many, and so are the stakes.

Chronic procrastination.

Chronic procrastination is the planned and constant delay of starting or finishing a task to the point of psychological distress. When we procrastinate regularly, there is a failure of self-regulation that acts as an obstacle, leading us to delay and fail to concentrate on goals.

Why do we procrastinate?

Several causes and factors can cause us to procrastinate.

Heavy workload

Teenagers and adolescents might not be able to  complete tasks on time due to the heavy workload.Nowadays  management systems require people to give more than their expectation.

Lack of management

Lethargic and irregular life routines such as irregular sleeping schedule,unhealthy eating habits,overdue tasks caused by lack of management further fuels the urge to procrastinate.

Fear of Failing

Majority of the time we procrastinate out of fear of failing.Fear of failing and doubts in our abilities keeps us on edge to delay things to avoid facing our work.A student might procrastinate studying for exams out of fear that they might fail.

Distraction with Technology

Everyone nowadays is surrounded by modern technology regardless of age,Especially the GenZ’s.These forms of technology like social media,video games ,and the internet have provided new ways and excuses for us to procrastinate.

How do I stop procrastinating?

If you feel you are acting like a procrastinator, then there are ways to stop procrastinating.

Set clear goals

Encourage yourself to specific, achievable goals and plan your schedule accordingly.Setting clear strategies gives us a sense of motivation and makes us realize our responsibility more seriously..

Importance of time management

Prioritizing chores, setting due dates for exams,office reports and avoiding multitasking can help us to stop procrastinating. Over time, our need to procrastinate reduces when we learn to manage our time. 

Be productive

Excessive spare time can also make us procrastinators.Be productive in your daily life and try to engage in activities on a regular basis.Keep yourself busy and also  have interval breaks for relaxation.It is also important to avoid excessive screen time.

Overcoming Fear

It is necessary to overcome yours when you are procrastinating.Fear itself keeps us back from doing something out of failing.However tsig in change of your situation can bring the sense of direction in our work.

Seeking support

Seeking help is always an option, even when you think a simple procrastination does not require help from others.

Having support and insight from friends and family to develop a healthy lifestyle according to their personal goals might stop you from procrastinating.

Procrastination can be overcome by using the above methods effectively with the help of others, by boosting our morale, and by creating a sense of responsibility with good habits as well as discipline

About author

Karuna Kaul is psycho socio clinical psychologist, who works with all age group people. Her profession motivates her to serve people who are facing behavioral issues. She has over 8 years of experience and has successfully established credibility in the areas of counselling and wellness. Assessment and behavioral analysis and training and coaching. She has been an active advocate of mental health awareness. And all her endeavors in the field are primarily focused on educating more and more people about Mental Health concerns and promoting Holistic Wellbeing. She has done master in clinical psychology PG Diploma in counselling and guidance and certified in drug addiction counselling Also she has done neuro medicine psychology from London University, Kent College of United Kingdom. With an experience of six years, she had worked with various organization which provides mental health services.