Don’t Put it Off: Procrastination

We all procrastinate. Whether it’s hitting the snooze button again, not wanting to go to the dentist, or putting off an unpleasant task awaiting you (you know, that one …), we all have things we love to do and things we hate to do. We do them — eventually; the question is, what will it take to get us to do them? That sage of the early 20th century, Robert Benchley, may have put it best (as he usually did) in 1930 when he wrote, “Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.”

When assigned an article on procrastination, I (of course) put it off for various reasons (some of them were even legitimate): not enough time, laziness, or just a chance to tell people we were supposed to be writing an article about procrastinating but kept putting it off.

Faced with the choice of actually working and the ignominy of not turning in an assignment, once I started, I found that the topic of procrastination is quite interesting and gives us an insight into human psychology.

While there are probably as many reasons for putting things off as there are people who procrastinate, they all seem to share common roots. Five of them stood out:

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