What is the Meaning of Procrastination

I can give you the dictionary's definition but really; What is the meaning of Procrastination? And why do we do it? Is it Laziness, or a Fear of the Unknown? Is it just not being sure of ourselves, or is it a Fear of Failure? Is it lack of know how, or could it be we have so much to do that we are overwhelmed and just don't know where to start first, so we are undecided, and do nothing instead?
 
"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." By Abraham Lincoln
 
So; what is the answer to these questions? Because until you or I can respond to these issues, we will more than likely remain stuck and immobile. Only you have the answer to why you Procrastinate the same as only I have my answers.
 
The answer lies within each of us! Let's see if we can shed a little light on some of these questions to try and get an understanding as to why we Procrastinate.
 


Laziness

For some, it might be just Laziness; but I would say for the majority of us; it's not. So I'm not going to even bother with this issue other than to leave you with this quote just in case it is Laziness.

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"Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it."  By M. Scott Peck
 
Let's move onto some of the other questions I mentioned. 
 
 
 

Fear of the Unknown

 
Now I know a lot of us have a Fear of the Unknown, and it is something we all need to work on getting over. Why do we fear what we cannot see or understand? In my opinion, it goes back to our childhood and those Limiting Beliefs.
 
Because when you are a baby, you don't come into this World with a Fear of anything, but yet you have built in natural instincts. But I don't believe Fear is one of them because a baby will put anything into its mouth or pick up anything within reach whether it is dangerous or not.
 
So; Where does the Fear of the Unknown begin?
 
Do you ever remember as a child growing up your parents telling you something like this? You better stay out of that room the boogieman will get you! Or something of this nature. I think this is the beginning of where our Fear of the Unknown started. It was a seed that was planted in our subconscious minds and grew from there. 
 
Think about some of the Fairytales and Bedtime Stories. Now I know you are probably thinking; what has Fairytales, and Bedtime Stories have to do with a Fear of the Unknown? A lot of the stories either had a Big Bad Wolf, Evil Step Mother, Troll, Dragon, Giant or a Wicked Witch.
 
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When we are small children and growing our Brain is still Developing; and our Imaginations are running wild so to speak. Therefore, we have trouble determining what is real and what is make-believe. I can remember having bad dreams and nightmares about Witches, Giants, and other things that either came out of a storybook or a TV show.
 
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I know this may sound stupid to you now because you are an adult and know the difference between real and make-believe, but did you know that the decision-making part of our brain does not fully develop until around the age of 25? So that gives a lot of time for that planted seed to grow.
 
Now that we are adults and our Brains are fully developed we logically can distinguish the difference. What I think and am suggesting is when you or I start procrastinating our subconscious minds take over, and that Seed of Doubt rises to the surface, and therefore we get stuck and unsure of ourselves not knowing what to do.
 
"The challenge of the unknown future is so much more exciting than the stories of the accomplished past."  By Simon Sinek 
 
 
 

Fear of Failure

 
Fear of Failure is another one of those Limiting Beliefs that can be traced back to childhood. In fact, I think it would be safe to say every Emotional Problem you are facing today in your Life could be traced back to childhood, but that is just my opinion.
 
"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually, be afraid you will make one."
By Elbert Hubbard
 
It doesn't mean our parents were bad teachers because they taught us from what they knew and learned from their parents. The same as we teach our children what we learned; so the cycle continues. They did not intentionally mean to cause us any harm the same way we don't.
 
Right or Wrong, we teach our children what we know, and what we were taught ourselves. Fear of Failure in my opinion always stems from being told you are not Smart Enough, Good Enough, or being called names such as Stupid, Dumb, Idiot, Moron, or Embecile to name a few.
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The name calling was not always done to us by our parents; because if you had siblings like I did growing up as well as other kids in school; you heard these names plenty of times. But; the only way these names can cause you problems or effect you in any way; is only if at some subconscious level you believe it.
 
"Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark; Professionals built the Titanic."  (Anonymous)
 
If you want to stop being a Procrastinator, I would suggest taking a deep look at your childhood and discover where those limiting beliefs originated from and work on letting them go or overcoming them. 
 
The Book I would recommend reading is   
The War of Art  By: Steven Pressfield
 

 
 

 

Lack Of Know How

 
If you are Procrastinating because you do not know how to do something; the Internet is a marvelous tool. If you don't have a computer or smartphone; learn how to do something the old-fashioned way by going to a Library and checking out a book or just simply buy a book or two on a particular subject to gain the knowledge needed.
 
Well, this is pretty much all I have to say about a lack of know how, because this day and age, there isn't any excuse for not being able to learn about a particular subject unless you have a learning disability of some kind which prevents it.
 
 


Overwhelmed

 
I know we all get Overwhelmed a lot of times between work, kids school activities, cooking, cleaning, mowing, and other odd jobs around the house which need to be taken care of; we keep putting things off to take care of everything else that needs our attention. So we tend to get behind on everything which causes that feeling of being overwhelmed, which in turn causes us to procrastinate.
 
“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.”  By David Allen
 
We just don't know which way to turn or where to start first, so we mentally shut down and do nothing which causes us to feel more overwhelmed, more stress and more procrastination. So how do we break this neverending cycle?
 
Once I get over my mental shutdown, I reboot by kicking myself in the rear end, and I say or scream it out loud; ENOUGH OF THESE NEGATIVE EMOTIONS!
 
  It's-Time-To-Say-Enough!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Then I make up a list either in my head or on paper, whichever one you prefer, and I number them from the most to the least important; crank up some good music and get to work.
 
Sometimes I even set up a time limit just to see how much I can get done before the time runs out. I have figured out if you make any task into a game and try to make it fun you will be amazed at how much you can get accomplished in a short time.
 
So my suggestion is; if you are feeling overwhelmed and procrastinating because you have so much to do, try turning your to-do list into some sort of a game. Make it fun and crank up some tunes, preferably upbeat. I am one of those people who seems to work better with some music jamming; that way I can sing and dance while I work and then it doesn't seem like such a daunting task.
 
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If you enjoyed this post, or even if you didn’t;  please leave a comment good or bad. I would enjoy reading them. If you have a question or a topic that you would like to discuss, I would enjoy that as well.
 
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Sincerely Dale (Life Coach)

4 thoughts on “What is the Meaning of Procrastination”

  1. Hi Dale. I really enjoyed reading this post about procrastination. I do not procrastinate in a lot of ways. But there may be one or two things I usually procrastinate in. You are very insiteful and have a lot of knowledge on this subject, just like your other posts. I look forward to reading more from you as you continually add new interesting posts.

    1. Hey Sundra,

      Thank you very much for your kind compliments. I am happy you enjoy reading my posts. I believe we all Procrastinate from time to time. I know I do on occasion, but it is just like anything else in Life once you start realizing you are doing it, and especially if it is becoming a habit. Once you have brought it to light and can recognize it when it begins Then you can start learning and figuring out the best way to either cope with it overcome it or break the habit.

    1. Thanks Mike.

      I appreciate the compliment. I am trying to write at least one new post every week so check back often. If you have any topics you would like for me to discuss please live me a comment. I will do my absolute best to write a good article about it.

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