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What Causes Procrastination?

Mar 14, 2008
There are many causes of procrastination but the main two seem to be either psychological or physiological problems that a person is suffering from. Below we will look a little more closely at these two causes and some others as well.

1. Psychological Often the psychological causes of procrastination will vary greatly but generally they surround such issues as:-

Anxiety, low self worth and a self defeating mentality. If you are faced with a task that needs to be completed some groups of people will fret over it. Others who suffer from low self worth will feel that they are not to complete the task due to lack of ability. The final group of people will believe that they will fail at the task even before they start.

Many people when faced with the task will dramatically over estimate the amount of work required to complete the task and this can very soon become a habit. Breaking a procrastination habit can be very difficult

2. Physiological. The causes of this type of procrastination seem to surround the role that the prefrontal cortex of the brain plays in a person's life. It is this area of the brain which controls our executive brain functions such as planning, the control of a person's impulses, their attention span or lack of it and is also there to help filter out those distractions which might otherwise stimulate the brain.

One reason as to why someone may suffer from physiological procrastination is because there has been damage or they have a low amount of activation in this area of the brain. Because of this the person may have difficulty in being able to filter out distracting stimuli. This will then often appear as poor organization and their attention levels are decreased. Often these affects are similar to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) where under activation of the prefrontal cortex is found.

One of the best ways to handle procrastination for people who feel that tasks are too complicated or are overwhelmed by them is to break each task down. By making each task much smaller and consisting of several steps they can give themselves deadlines which they must try to keep

If you suffer from procrastination on a regular basis there are several things you can do. A visit to a doctor or therapist should be considered and psychiatrists have been know to have excellent results with procrastinators. You should also consider a program like procrastination blaster which in many cases to quickly tackle your procrastination.
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