Simply put, procrastination is putting of something that needs attention for another activity that is either more enjoyable or with which you are more comfortable. People who procrastinate spend just as much, and sometimes even more, time working than those who don’t, but they invest their time and energy in inefficient or un-useful ways. There are multiple causes of procrastination. Sometimes people procrastinate because of fear or anxiety and other times procrastination is simply a matter of poor organization. In some instances, just one hurdle can hinder your progress, while for others there are multiple challenges to overcome to beat procrastination. By understanding why you’re putting off a particular task, you can begin to remedy the situation and take back control.
Many people don’t start projects because they are afraid of finishing them. Fear of failure or success is quite common and frequently gets in the way of career and personal development. Think, for example, of a nurse who procrastinates while applying for a promotion because he is afraid of the added responsibilities that come with leading a team, or an analyst that procrastinates working on a project because she is afraid that successful completion will mean higher expectations will be placed on her in the future. In these examples, the employees’ discomfort is getting in the way of their opportunities. Once they over come their fears of development or growth, they will be more comfortable at work and have more options open to them, whether they choose to take those options or not.