Procrastination: the causes

The causes of procrastination are psychological, ie related to personality traits and / or cognitive difficulties. These difficulties are themselves partly explained by genes and neurobiology.

Among the causes of psychological procrastination, we find:

  1. The fear of failure
    Fear of failure is one of the main causes of procrastination. The procrastinator is often afraid of not being up to it, and that is why he keeps pushing back. However, quite often, he does not admit that he is afraid of failing. People who have a tendency to procrastinate are indeed perfectionists. Often, they procrastinate because they are afraid of not being able to perform a job properly. These people are rarely satisfied with their work or their lives, and always think they could "do better".
  2. The fear of losing control

    Another cause that can cause procrastination is the fear of losing control. The procrastinator wants to have the decision-making power over the tasks to be accomplished: it is he who must be able to decide how and when to deal with it.
  3. The lack of motivation
    Lack of motivation can also explain procrastination. If we do not see the usefulness of a task, or that we do not anticipate immediate pleasure, it is less easy to take action!
  4. Difficulties of concentration
    Sometimes, concentration difficulties can be the cause of a tendency to procrastinate. In particular, procrastination - and organizational difficulties in a broad sense - is common in people with AD / HD (attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity).
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