The 8 Pillars That Cause Procrastination

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The 8 Pillars That Cause Procrastination

Many factors come into play when dealing with procrastination. There’s no simple solution to fixing it other than getting yourself together and controlling your behavior. But as simple as that is, people still face different types of procrastinations due to depression, fatigue or lack of motivation. If you’re dealing with a difficult situation where you constantly procrastinates, it may be especially hard to get back into the routine of reaching your goals.

But before explaining the gradual cause of procrastination, remember to draw your attention to what motivates you the most. You eat because you have a motivation to no longer be hungry. You watch movies for the motivation of escaping reality and watching something exciting. So as you go over this post, reflect on yourself by understanding why you procrastinate.

Perhaps you’re exhausted from dealing with a variety of sources and need to relax your mind. Or maybe you need to separate yourself from certain people to pick up your positive routines. Only you can determine the exact answer after tracking your past experiences.


1. The Loss of motivation

It’s easy to push away from motivation, but you’re not doing yourself any favors. Relax from time to time and give your mind a break. If you’re passionate about something, you’ll regain the motivation to work back on it without the desire to collapse. Anything will overwhelm us if we continue pushing ourselves day and night towards it.

This is why it’s recommended for people to work out only six days a week versus seven. The human body could only do so much before it needs to rest. Go for a walk and think things over such as your past, struggles, and what to focus on. Small breaks like these recharge your mind and get you ready to start all over.

A consistent habit of motivation will change your life in ways you won’t anticipate. You’ll come across things you won’t like. Your brain will tell you demotivational sayings such as,”Stop, this isn’t what we want to do. It’s too hard.” But expose yourself to new resistance and don’t let your motivation forsake you.


2. Don’t know how to begin

At most times, no one knows where to start when going after a new challenge. Be prepared to meet challenges and headaches  when writing your first book, building a website, or losing weight. When we feel lost, it’s hard to find ourselves because there’s too many roads to take. You might not sure if you should fully invest a part of your life into a project.

Allow that fear to engulf your soul because that’ll be the beginning on pushing away procrastination. Find examples of those who worked hard to get where they’re at and take notes. You might not know how to lose weight, but you could study those who reached that goal.


3. A desire to be perfect

There’s nothing wrong with having high standards. Striving to be the best at something shows you have a good trait of character and want success. But when you allow unrealistic standards to be your expectation, you set yourself on a difficult path.

Perfectionist prevent themselves from being satisfied with their work because they’ll always believe there’s minor flaws in their work. This leads to the mindset that their work is unfit for anyone else to see, growing fear and doubt of anyone else seeing their design.

But trying to be perfect stresses you out with disappointment because mistakes are always going to occur. If you never meet your expectations, you’ll lose the motivation to keep going. Relax and lower your standards to keep your anxieties away and you can accept those little mistakes.


4. Waiting for the right emotions

A factor for procrastination is based on the moods we’re in. It’s hard motivating ourselves to do anything when we’re feeling depressed. We push goals to next week, which turn into next month or next year.

But as much energy as our emotions start us off with, don’t rely on it to always motivate you. You’re going to cross days where you’re tired, fatigue, depressed, or bitter and motivation will be the last thing in your mind.

Set deadlines to complete your task list and ensure you get them done. A habit that productive people use to keep motivation running is recognizing and implementing a deadline for any project they work on.  Don’t simply write what you have to do on a piece of paper because that might not be enough. Give yourself reasons to complete the task and how it’ll impact you for the best.


5. Waiting for the perfect moment

Such as waiting for the right emotions, waiting for the right moment harms your motivation and cause procrastination.  There are moments where we happen to be in the right place at the right time for something to happen. But giving yourself an unrealistic expectation while sitting on the couch isn’t going to do anything for you. You’re growing older every second you think about your dreams and you have to make the right moment come to you.

Every moment you spend thinking about your dream is one moment closer to regretting it later. Before you let time fly by, take charge and write down your dreams. Expand your horizon of ideas and focus on accomplishing them. They won’t happen in a day, week, or month. It’s going to take continuous practice every day until you reach your expectations.


6. A fear of failure:

We procrastinate when thinking about failing a task we worked hard on. But it’s all about developing a better relationship with failure that makes you comfortable with it. You may have grew up with a view of failure as a bad thing, but it sets the foundation of your motivation.

When you uncover the realization of failure, it leads to success because you learn from your mistakes.  Force yourself to do as many little things as possible, making failure an irreverent occurrence in your mind.

The sooner you understand that failure is a normal process to go through, the more accepting you’ll be over it. Most importantly, develop a habit to not be afraid of looking silly when trying something out.

Don’t be afraid to show people you’re trying to do something that seems out of your league. We’re taught that successful people are those we only see from a distance. But break those chains by making success a part of your reality.


7. Laziness of the mind and body:

You are creating an obstacle to prevent yourself from achieving your goals when you settle for short term awards. That means eating a piece of cake to fulfill your taste buds within the first couple minutes, but in the long-run give you excess body fat. There’s nothing wrong with resting your body by watching television or playing video games. But it’s allowing short term awards to dictate your life, feeding your temporarily desires like a plague.

To break that habit, do one thing at a time and forget the rest. This short victory will lead to more short victories to put on your plate later on. Prevent yourself from becoming overwhelm and stop putting off tasks because you’d rather go online. 


8. Blaming everyone else:

The errors of our ways often originates from building our defenses and blaming the world rather than ourselves. We develop irrational beliefs and make ourselves victims of the world, avoiding responsibility for our own actions. Some people spend their entire life blaming others and adopting an emotional ego to project their self image.

Rather than discussing how awful other people are, reflect on yourself as an individual. Really look at your actions and see it from another person’s perspective. What we did at first may have not seem offensive, but after viewing what we did in another person’s eyes, we may think otherwise. Discover the cause of the event that made your world uncomfortable and don’t be afraid to accept what’s been done. All you could do is learn and go on.



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Besides being random and dealing with ADHD from time to time, Michael Gregory II is the CEO of the Self Development Workshop. He's traveled to over a dozen countries, counselled a variety of people, and continues furthering his knowledge in self-development, depression, and mastering your happiness. On his lazy days, he enjoy watching people, reading in Starbucks, and speaking to random strangers. (Yeah, he’s weird.)

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