12 Reasons Why People Procrastinate


By Frank Sonnenberg

It’s so easy for a to-do list to snowball out of control. In fact, it can become so overwhelming that it makes you freeze in your tracks — preventing you from getting anything done. “How can it get this bad?” you ask. One word … procrastination.

People procrastinate by putting things off rather than working on them. This causes things to build up to the point where they’re no longer manageable. As Professor Mason Cooley said, “Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.”

Here are 12 reasons why folks procrastinate:

Lack of Discipline. “I’ll do this some other time.”

Fear of failure. “I’m not sure I can do this. So I won’t even try.”

Wishful Thinking. “If I don’t think about it, maybe it’ll go away.”

Unreasonable Expectations. “If I can’t guarantee success, I won’t even attempt it.”

Feeling Overwhelmed. “This project seems daunting. Let me give it some thought…tomorrow.”

Fear of Complexity. “I’m not sure where to begin.”

Lack of Motivation. “I’m not in the mood.”

Fear of Accountability. “I’m afraid to put my neck on the line.”

Feeling Bored. “I’d rather be doing something else.”

Lack of Urgency. “It really doesn’t matter if I do it now. It’s not due for days.”

Fear of Making a Decision. “I need more information before I can start.”

Wait till the Last Minute. “I love the adrenaline rush that I get when I’m up against a deadline.”


Do any of these explanations sound familiar?

If so, do something about it. (Please don’t procrastinate.)

Do You Procrastinate?


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