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"Understanding Why You Procrastinate"

There are several reasons why people procrastinate instead of finishing work right there and then: fear of the results, perfectionism, boredom, anger, ill health, distractions, misinformation and even the amount of work that needs to be done. All are perfectly reasonable and all are perfectly understandable. However, procrastination is one of those bad habits that can have underlying reasons. And to avoid it, you have to understand why you do it in the first place. If you know the reason, then you can find a solution.

You find it hard to throw things away: Ask yourself - are you a pack-rat by nature? Is it because of sentimental reasons? Do you abhor empty spaces so you just have to fill it up with something? Could it be that you were deprived of these things as a child and now you want to compensate for that lack? Understanding why will help you to sort out things properly or be more disciplined when it comes to things to store. For example, you love reading fiction - instead of hoarding your books, set up a scale to judge how good the book was and either give-away or sell the bad ones then just store the great ones. That way, you get to still indulge in your passion and leave room for more.

You can't start/finish the work that you need to do: First, do you really know how to do it? Do you have the materials needed? Are you afraid that the result won't be good? Or are you comparing it with somebody else's work or even your own previous work? Are you bored with the job? Do you think the amount of work that you will do is not going to be worth it? Whether it's a thesis or novel or cross stitch project, if you keep on pushing the schedule away, it won't get finished. Instead of procrastinating, challenge yourself then - treat each project as different as the ones you've finished. In all aspects, you are only as good as your last work, so what's the use of comparing?

You don't have time: Is this stress talking or do you have a medical condition that requires attention? Needless to say, you have to find out if you can't physically do the work. If you are juggling three roles at the same time - let's say, you're a breadwinner, a parent and a community volunteer - you really can't keep on promising to be the boy's baseball team coach at the same. There's not enough time to do all. Learn to set priorities and answer only to what you can finish.

Remember, understanding is the key.