What could be the most valuable thing which if stolen from man while he is alive cannot be recovered? Does one such thing really exist? How can we preserve such a thing if it does exist? These questions could be running through your mind and it will suffice to know the answers to these questions at the end of this blogpost. It would be funny to say I found myself procrastinating even to write an article on procrastination. Many times I would open up a new document to write down thoughts about procrastination but later find myself being caught up in the web of procrastination. Sometimes, you find the browser containing numerous uncompleted tasks all fueling the urge of procrastination which may never get completed if discipline is not put in place. What really is procrastination?

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The Oxford Learners dictionary defines procrastination as the act of delaying something that you should do, usually because you do not want to do it.

The Learners Dictionary defined procrastination as to be slow or late about doing something that should be done : to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc.

The Cambridge dictionary defines this word as to keep delaying something that must be done, often because it is unpleasant or boring

Looking at all these definitions, the word delay is common and it can be inferred that this is an unpleasant situation in which we often find ourselves.

Here are a few facts about procrastination

  • In surveys, 95% of people admit to procrastinating, with about a quarter of these saying that it’s a chronic, defining characteristic.
  • At any time, “To stop procrastinating” is among the world’s top reported goals.
  • The word procrastination comes from the Latin pro, which means “forward, forth, in favor of,” and crastinus, which means “of tomorrow.” So procrastinators are in favor of tomorrow.
  • Men procrastinate more than women (54 of every 100 procrastinators are male)
  • Procrastinators are more likely to be single than married, but more likely to be separated than divorced; they put off ending as well as beginning commitment.
  • Procrastination is about 50% genetically influenced, so much so that we can all blame our parents.

In the book titled “The Now Habit”, the author Neil A. Fiore talks about procrastination and says  “ it is a habit you develop to cope with anxiety about starting or completing a task. It is your attempted solution to cope with tasks that are boring or overwhelming…”. He further mentions that “Procrastination is not the cause of our problems with accomplishing tasks; it is an attempt to resolve a variety of underlying issues, including low self-esteem, perfectionism, fear of failure and of success, indecisiveness, an imbalance between work and play, ineffective goal-setting, and negative concepts about work and yourself.”

After reading these, I began to recount all them in my life and I could see that the points he raised are more or less true in my life and drive my procrastination.

Time they say heals all wounds. What if time is taken away from us. This just means our wounds will not heal and this means we die since we make very little or no progress.

Why Do humans procrastinate

It is worth noting that almost everyone at some point in their lives is caught up in the maze of procrastination. The only difference is in how long we spend therein: The major reasons why humans procrastinate are below:

  • Lack of focus(concentration).
  • Indecisiveness to know what tasks are most important and of higher priority.
  • Being a perfectionist: Such a person would always want to get tasks done to the fullest before they can move on to other tasks. This wastes time especially as far as writing of articles is concerned.
  • Low Energy levels.

How to overcome procrastination

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Time is the most important asset humans possess. Our present use of this asset determines how the transition from our present to future would be. 

  • Setting and Revisiting your goals 
  • Doing a schedule for the next day before bedtime
  • Having Routines at key points of the day like once you wake up from the bed
  • Sometimes changing your working environment could be a big booster to your energy.
  • Hanging with high achievers could also help greatly. 
  • Being more disciplined: In Robin Sharma’s book titled “who will cry when you die” he says that being hard on yourself by pushing yourself to get more achieved guarantees a better future.
Last modified: 16 December 2020


Boris Mikwa 

This is a wonderful article. I await more…

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