What is Procrastination:-

It is nothing but delaying a particular task for the instant pleasure or there can be other reasons also which leads to Procrastination.

Common Reasons Why We Procrastinate:-

1) Fear of Failure –
We all have different definitions of value, simply because we all have different goals, values & belief systems, A failure to one person might simply be a great learning experience for someone else.

Many of us are afraid of failing, at least some of the time. But fear of failure is when we allow that fear to stop us from doing the things that can move us forward to achieve our goals.

2) Rewards that are far in future –
Patience is what something suits here well, we often think when we start doing a task that it may take too much time to get build up in the future or We may get the thought like will it be worth in the future?

Often this thinking & occurrence of such thoughts lead to Procrastination, We may have great enthusiasm at the start but later in the time we give up and welcomes Procrastination in Life.

3) Lack of motivation-
Motivation is something which we need in every aspect of our life, often we get motivated for the particular time or moment in our life, by watching a video, reading a quote by famous people or by reading a meme on social media, we may even post something like that on our social media accounts as well.

But what after that, we get engaged in the same old school bus of our life, Staying motivated is like taking a bath, you need to stay motivated daily, otherwise lacking in this will lead to Procrastination.

4) Anxiety-
Anxiety is the body’s physical response to fear, this might include conditions like a racing heart, rapid breathing, sweaty palms etc.

Everyone feels anxious at times, and a certain level of anxiety is both normal and even helpful in some situations. Anxiety is our body’s way of keeping us safe. For example, imagine you’re walking home, and you’re pulling your feet because you’re tired. Unexpectedly you think you see a snake. Suddenly, you forget how tired you are and have a burst of energy that helps you to get away. However, feeling too much anxiety about something usually gets in the way and can be unhealthy & ultimately it will lead to Procrastination.

5) Disconnect from our future self—
Procrastination today will bear you consequences in the future, if you delay something now it will have a harmful effect on the future, it may physical, economical, psychological as well.

So make sure what you are doing today, will make your future self, it is possible to build a connection with your future self through visualization and mindfulness meditation. And that connection you build is effective in reducing procrastination.

How to Stop Procrastination-


A. Overcome your Fear - Fear is one factor that contributes to procrastination. This can involve a fear of failure, a fear of making mistakes, or even a fear of success. Face it , Experience it & Master the art to rise above it,
By addressing the fear that is keeping you from getting started, you can begin to overcome your procrastination habit.

B. Prioritize things, but not delay - Marked your task as per your priority, and executes it one by one, this will surely boost your confidence to do your task consistently, also it will avoid you to procrastinate.

C. Recognize the Arrival of Procrastination- As you start to tackle items on your list, pay attention to when thoughts of procrastination start to crawl into your mind. If you find yourself thinking "I don't feel like doing this now" or "I'll have time to work on this later," then you need to recognize that you are about to procrastinate.

D. Eliminate Diversion - It’s hard to get any real work done when you keep turning your attention to what's on television or you keep checking your Social Media account’s, Assign yourself a period of time during which you turn off all distractions—such as music, television, and social networking sites—and use that time to focus all of your attention on the task at hand.

E. Honor Yourself- Once you have completed a task (or even a small portion of a larger task), it is important to reward yourself for your attempts, Give yourself the opportunity to indulge in something that you find fun and enjoyable, whether it's attending a sporting event, playing a video game, watching your favorite TV show, or looking at pictures on a social media site.


Breaking the procrastination habit isn't easy. After all, if it was simple there wouldn't be an estimated 70 to 95 percent of students engaging in procrastination on a regular basis. The urge to put things off can be strong, especially when there are so many things around us to provide fun and entertaining distractions.

While procrastination might not be something you can avoid entirely, becoming aware of the reasons why you procrastinate and how to overcome those tendencies can help. By implementing these strategies, you might find that it is easier to put your nose to the grindstone and get started on those important tasks.

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A Crazy Procrastinator, Binge watcher, BookWorm, Blogger, Sarcastic Introvert & Test Engineer