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Why do people procrastinate?

1. Fear of the task

If a person is too afraid to do a certain task, his mind might resist doing it by forcing him to procrastinate.

2. Fear of failure

If a person is too afraid of failure, his mind might let him procrastinate to avoid taking the test or doing the task. By doing so, the brain thinks that it’s protecting the person.

3. Not being tolerant of the unpleasant emotions connected to a task

If a person does not tolerate the unpleasant feelings (Why­do­we­have­emotions) he gets when he does a certain task, his mind might let him procrastinate to avoid doing the unpleasant task.

4. Fear of taking responsibility

If a person is too afraid to take responsibility, his mind might let him procrastinate to avoid doing the task he is afraid to handle.

5. To justify failure

The brain sometimes does the trick of forcing a person to study in the last minute in order to help him justify bad grades if he got him. By doing so, the brain ensures that the self worth of the person won’t be impacted by the bad grades.

6. They were raised by authoritative parents

A study has shown that authoritative parents and parents who are very strict with their children usually raise children who have self regulation issues.

7. Wrong beliefs about the right time and the right moment

Many of the people who procrastinate believe in waiting for the right moment and the right time to do a task, but because life is unpredictable and sometimes totally random, waiting for that moment usually results in procrastination.

8 To rebel against authority

In one theory, procrastination can be the person’s way of rebelling against authority, usually the authoritative parent who is trying to force him to get certain tasks done.

9. Fear of success

Fear of success is one cause of procrastination. A person who thinks that money is evil or that success can bring unhappiness can become a procrastinator.

10. Not having faith in the goals

If a person doesn’t trust his goals or doesn’t believe that his plan will work, he might procrastinate. Motivation usually happens when a person has solid faith in his plans.

11. Not knowing what to do

A person who doesn’t know how to start or how to get an unpleasant task done might procrastinate.

12. Perfectionism

Perfectionism can cause procrastination. If a person only wants to do things perfectly, he could spend too much time worrying about little details that won’t matter; thus ending up as a procrastinator.

13. Not wanting to do the task

If a person is forced to do unpleasant tasks, he might procrastinate. In such a case, the person’s mind has the goal of letting the person avoid doing the task.

14. Not believing that the task is that important

A person who believes that a certain task is not that important might keep procrastinating instead of doing it. The fact that the person refuses to admit that the task is not important is the reason he might have included it on his to do list.

15. Inability to differentiate between important and irrelevant tasks

Some people procrastinate when they don’t know how to tell the difference between important and irrelevant tasks. By spending a long time on irrelevant tasks, a person can end up procrastinating even though he believes he is working.