To procrastinate means to avoid tackling things we know we should. We avoid the jobs we should attend to; we avoid sorting out issues; it’s a habit that once you get into, it’s very hard to get out of. It’s something I did as a child.
To stop myself from procrastinating, I think about the things I need to do, so they’re clear in my mind. Do you write a list and use the list to work through your issues, or does your list stay as your list, without you giving it much thought?
I believe a list is a form of procrastination too, we would have to act on it to move away from procrastinating. As we procrastinate, we begin to form a pattern of not doing anything. The more we spiral into that pattern, the more we procrastinate and the more we procrastinate the more we want to procrastinate and the cycle continues.
Change isn’t easy, but there are usually serious underlying reasons as why we procrastinate in the first place. Depression is the biggest reason. The list of reasons why we procrastinate is endless.
It’s important we recognise those traits. Others clearly see our traits, but it’s not always easy for us to those in ourselves. When we begin to recognise those traits, we’re more likely to do something about them. I don’t believe any of us intentionally choose to be a certain way.
I believe that what life throws at us can make us behave a certain way. Negative experiences that continue to replay as negative can also be responsible. Understanding our patterns and trying to change those, may help us move forward so that we at least limit the time we would spend procrastinating.