What is procrastination and why do people do it?
Procrastination is a complex psychological issue. It is marked by avoidant behavior that appears to be about delaying. The appearance is deceptive in that delay is construed as being something positive or a better alternative to doing it now. However, when delaying is clearly not beneficial, is costly, producing a negative outcome for the delayer, or contributes to stress for one’s self or others, it is then, simply avoidance and procrastination.
Why do people procrastinate?
- It is a temporary emotional fix.
- When you have negative feelings about what needs to be done you don’t want to do it.
- Avoiding the task helps you to avoid facing the unpleasant truth.
- Avoiding the task helps you to avoid facing the consequences of your past actions.
- Avoiding the task enables you to avoid facing the negative outcomes that you have predicted
What are the consequences for procrastinating?
- Physical illness
- Financial costs
- Workflow backup
- Affects quality of work
- Creates extra work