4 Reasons You Procrastinate and What To Do About It

Interview by
Dr. Chad Prevost
Dr. Shelley Prevost
Published on

In this episode

Everybody procrastinates, but not everyone is a procrastinator. And contrary to popular belief, procrastinating has little to do with laziness. It’s far more complicated than simply being a matter of time management. Chronic procrastination doesn’t discriminate based on gender, race or age; we’re all susceptible.

So, to provide a brief definition. Procrastination is the voluntary, unnecessary delay of an important task, despite knowing you’ll be worse off for doing so.

And then here’s why it can actually be a pretty serious issue for a lot of people. Procrastination slows your goals and dreams way down. It can create stress and feelings of frustration. It can make time management useless. This often appears at work with day-to-day projects and tasks.

Fortunately, it’s possible to learn how to overcome procrastination once we know why people procrastinate.

Research has done a lot to help us understand procrastination psychology and why we continuously engage in this annoying behavior. We are going to take a look at the top reasons here, but first, let’s talk a little about our emotions and active vs. passive procrastination.

Which type of procrastinator are you?

Our Discussion

4:20--The positive procrastinator

5:20--The other two types are passive procrastinators

12:43--Getting to the four big reasons we all procrastinate

20:00--Being "good enough"

30:47--SAW FIRE is the name of our framework for overcoming procrastinating

Guest Speakers

Chad and Shelley

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