I am the procrastination queen, and people close to me know this very well. So I thought I would do some research on it… It’s not good news. I swear this could have been written for me.
Theories around the causes of procrastination;
* Fear of failure– can be paralyzing. If you have an anxiety disorder, you may even convince yourself that failing at a small task will result in devestating conequences.
* Fear of success– Success should be a positive situation. Some people worry, though, that they will set too high standards for themselves if they complete a task successfully.
* Perfectionism– Often thinks “why do something if It can’t be done perfectly?” Perfectionism may result in a well-done task, unfortunatly, it may also lead to an inability to start and finish tasks.
* Boredom– Perhaps you just aren’t interested in the task. How do you motivate yourself to do something you dislike?
* Anger– Procrastination can be an unhealthy way of responding to situations of anger.
* Poor Health- You’re tired. You’re ill. You have a headache. These are all rational reasons for putting a task on hold however, be sure to make a time to get back to it or designate it to someone else.
* Tasks appear to Large- You’re to overwhelmed to know where to start.
Continual procrastination leads to ongoing anxiety which, in turn, may aggravate existing anxiety disorders (some more than others). Taking care of unfinished business, which only creates an abundence of tasks for some. Reasons for procrasination may overlap with causes of anxietys.
Source – Procrastination and Anxiety forum