Top 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Procrastination

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6. Procrastination’s social effects

Since they avoid tasks as much as they can, it means that procrastination will have a major negative impact on the relationships (both private and at the workplace). Basically, because the procrastinator will not finish his tasks according to the deadlines established, his responsibilities will be transferred onto others who will become resentful, sooner or later.


7. The multiple reasons for procrastination

Psychologists distinguish between three types of procrastinators based on their reasons:

• The avoiders – the individuals who are very concerned with what others think about them and who have a strong fear of failure or success. Essentially, they do not want to be judged harshly and instead of having their abilities criticized, they prefer others blaming them for their lack of effort

• The thrill-seekers – even though it may seem a bit far-fetched, some people prefer doing things at the last minute due to an euphoric rush sensation

• The decisional procrastinators – the individuals who cannot make decisions and who believe that they are not taking any responsibility, since they did not select one way or the other


8. You’re not born with procrastination

Regardless of the procrastinators’ reasons, it is important to note you are not born with it, but is rather something you develop over the years. The accepted explanation on the matter is that procrastination constitutes an indirect response to certain parental styles, such as the authoritarian approach. For instance, parents who are very strict and impose harsh rules for their children will prevent the latter from developing their self-regulating abilities. Another theory is that procrastination appears as a form of rebellion against the limiting household rules they had to follow.

In addition, children who live under the aforementioned conditions will turn to friends for support. Unfortunately, in most cases friends only manage to reinforce the procrastination behavior because they can accept excuses easier.


9. Procrastination allows you to do the things you like

At this point, you can agree that procrastination means not doing the chores/tasks you are supposed to be doing. Another way of looking at this statement is that the procrastinator has the freedom of doing exactly the things he enjoys. In a way, procrastinators are to be admired considering that they are actually doing what everyone would enjoy rather than being stuck with work. After all, let’s not forget that eventually even the greatest procrastinator manages to send in the income tax, pay the bills, finish paperwork, etc.


10. Procrastination is always telling you something

Even though it may sound silly, procrastinating when you have important things to do (finish a project or meet somebody) can be perceived as your subconscious mind’s way of telling you to stop. Even non-procrastinators find themselves in situations when they do everything but focus on the things that need to be done. Generally speaking, when you find something to be boring or you do not like a person, you will avoid the unpleasant task or interaction as much as you can. In other words, it is similar to a natural response to stress.


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