6 Reasons that People Procrastinate

Why You Procrastiate
Danni Baird, College Sophomore
Canada College, Redwood City

I found this article helpful in understanding the reasons I procrastinate so much. There are so many articles on how to overcome procrastinating, but this article helped deal with the root of the problem, the causes of the procrastination.

Procrastination Help
College Freshman
Florida CC, Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL

There are so many people who procrastinate and I think that there needs to be an established routine. Managing time and sticking a schedule will help. I also learned that I can break things down to make them seem like they're being accomplished faster.

Cameron Barajas, College Freshman
Austin Community College, Cypress Creek, Texas

Yes, we all do it. Yes, it's very bad. Yes, you can stop it.

Procrastination is something many people deal with day to day, not many can help it but is avoidable. I always procrastinate, and I hate it! But as time moves on I learn to deal with beginning and finishing my obligations so as i don't fall behind and fail.

Procrastination's avoidable by reminding yourself of your future success, reminding yourself of the reward you can achieve if you begin things right away, rather than putting them off and forgetting about them.

Jerry gonzlalez, College Freshman
crafton hills college, yucaipa, CA

Reason number one why people procrastinate, "But i dont know how". this meaning is when you lack skills to complete certain tasks and it's only natural to avoid doing. For example, you may be a slow reader and if there is a lot of lengthy reading to read then you will postpone the assignment because you think its to much to do. Reason number two "this stuff is just plain boring". This meaning is showing that because something is boring such as homework or a certain class, this then will make you not interested and the way to fix it is to just do it and you wo'nt have to worry about it with a guilty conscience when you can be guilt free by just getting it done when its needed. Reason number three "I dont feel like doing it", this comes from a lack of motivation and motivation is needed for some people to get the job done.

Reason number four "but what if i can't cut it". This comes from the people who are scared to fail. This occurs when people work hard to do something and fail and this will make people procrastinate because they are scared of failure. Reason number five "How can i top this", This is when someone reaches a certain point with either education or a job and they wont try to go higher because they are scared of success. reason number six "you cant meke me" This comes from rebellion when people dont want to fallow a schedule or pattern and they only want to do what they want.

the real reasons
Daniel Templin, College Junior
Intercoast College, West Covina, Ca

The real reasons people procrastinate are: They are lazy They are afraid of failure They are afraid of success They are comfortable in the position they are already in.

Didnt realize I did this
Traci Parks, College Freshman
Ultimate Medical Academy, Tampa FL

I read the article about procrastination. I really hadn't realized how many of these applied to me. It really put things in perspective and gave me a new outlook on how to get things done.

Victoria Caldwell, College Freshman
Ultimate Medical Academy, Tampa, Flordia

I can be a procrastinator at times. I like the idea of using flsh cards. I sometimes have trouble with terms and definitions. I think that using flash cards would help me a great deal.

Using the 10 mintue rule is another good one. I always say can you give me ten minutes. I wonder just how much reading or studying I could get done in 10 minutes.

Of course, the one I like the most is studying in a distraction free area. That is a tough one but some how I have to get it together. After all I can record the program and watch it later.

This really applied to me!
ikira mcknight, College Freshman
Ultimate Medical Academy, Tampa, Florida

Wow! So many of those reasons applied to me. I knew i procratinated but now I realize why. It's time to stop procrastinating and get to business! :)

6 reasons that people procrastinate
Crystal Whitfield, College Freshman
Chemeketa Communty college , Salem, OR

After reading this article, I realize that I do every single one of these procrastinations. There should be a 7th reason that's all of the above. Makes me want to be more motivated.

Trisha Williams
Chemeketa Community College, Salem Oregon

This site really helped me realize why I procrastinate. The article about not wanting to read a lot of pages is something I have a problem with. I don't have the patience to sit and read a novel for hours on end. I tend to wander off. I find breaking the reading time into 1/3 sections really helps me retain the book better. Good site with helpful knowledge.

Good information
College Sophomore
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

Great excuses because I have either heard them all or said them myself. I liked reading why we say those phrases and then how to combat procrastination. Knowing both will help us stay more focused and hopefully not procrastinate.

I Procrastinate
Micheal Duda, College Sophomore
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

Great article! I too am a procrastinator. I do it when it is something that does not interest me and most times with my homework as well. I will try the advice of changing my attitude before starting my work and see if it helps.

How About Tommorow?
Benjamin Hill , College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

I was happy to read this article and realize that I am not alone. I am not the only one who dreads chores or who makes school into one. I was glad to read, and get advice about how to handle that feeling of “I should not have or need to do it.” But, I heard about a middle ground. A place where everything seems to go faster and smoother: I've noticed that throughout school and work myself. I get more anxious, and time goes slower around the beginning, and the end of the school terms. That middle ground, I learned about in this article and others, (and what I've found to be true) happens in the middle of a task (work, home work, tests) while it is getting done; and when we realize that if we started it; then we have the power, and control, to finish it, and it will give us a rewarding sensation. This article is about how to take that first step by remembering what doing nothing does, and that you have to start something in order to get somewhere-- and when we start--we determine how we finish. After all, finishing is where we need to go as college students, and we've all, and it's normal to say-so, started from, or out, procrastinating.....and look at where we are now?

Blessings, Benjamin Hill.

Lauren Pridgeon
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

This one is amazing! It was a little hard to read with the red text but I really enjoyed it. I'm a huge procrastinated myself and I found myself nodding along with the "reasons people procrastinate". I also loved that it would further explain -why- people make up excuses and the hints/solutions part was very helpful!

Help ston Procrastination
Umair Ali, College Freshman
Austin Community College, Austin, TX

Many people procrastinate, but they do not know why. This article explained what the 6 big reasons are that people procrastinate. It's good to know why people procrastinate. It will help to stop it.

6 Reasons that People Procrastinate
College Freshman
Ultimate Medical Acdemy, Tampa, Florida

I, believe honestly, this was written for me. I have a serious issue with procastination. I, for some reason, live day to day by it. People may feel that I'm just a lazy person who doesn't care about anything in this some realization some of that is true, but honestly I do seem to have some type of head on my shoulders, because I'm not only saying that I have a problem but I'm trying really hard to fix it. It's a tough struggle..but hey I see it like -- this trying to further my education right? So I guess I'm doing something good with my life.

Overcoming procrastination
stephanie kimmerling, College Freshman
UMA, Clearwater,Fla

There were six different reasons why people procrastinate. Although extra-curricular activities can be the main reason for procrastination, we need to keep a mindset on what comes first on our priority list and stick to it.

lack of Interest
bethanie bateman
Ultimate Medical Academy, Tampa Bay, Florida

I totally agree with all six points, especially the lack of interest and motivation. Sometimes with my busy day it is hard to be interested in reading and writing papers! But it must be done!

Reasons People Procrastinate
Gabrielle Ralls, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Or

This site shows some of the most common reasons people procrastinate. I can relate to some of the topics mentioned here. It was pretty insightful and has brought to my attention some of the reasons I procrastinate. I learned some ways to decrease my procrastination and get more things done!

College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem,OR

I found this site to be more helpful then others that i read because instead of just giving strategies to overcome procrastination it went straight to the root of the problem as well. I found it to be a way that exposes the "ugly truth" as to why i procrastinate and because of it i'm more enlightened in ways to combat that procrastination. I would suggest this site to other procrastinator out there how could use this helpful information.

I am a procrastinater
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

I read this article because I do procrastinate but I didn't know why. It turns out I procrastinate, because I worry all the time about failure. I know I can do the work, but what if it just isn't enough. I recommend this site for anyone that procrastinates. It will help you understand the reason (s) behind your procrastination and maybe help you find a way out of the putting it out of style.

I don't feel like doing it!
Nathan Sillman, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

I really liked this article and its six reasons why people procrastinate. I can identify with the first step, "I don't feel like doing it." I think a lot of people feel this way. It was interesting to read the other reasons, I hear the "But I don't know how!" a lot from my own children. Great article!

Six Reasons People Procrastinate
rachel, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community college, Salem, Oregon

The article "Six Reasons People Procrastinate" helped me out a lot. It not only explained whypeople procrastinate, but also how to fix the bad habit of procrastination. All of the information was clear and was easy to follow. It will help me out in my college career. I will use it when needed. All the answers this article came out with related exactly to why I procrastinate.

Excuses of Procrastination
Eric G
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

This webpage is great!!! Everybody in life, in my opinion, has probably said out loud or in their head one of the excuses that are listed on the page. We have probably all put off something in our life or tried to find an excuse to avoid it. We probably have regretted some of those choices too. This page does a great job of showing how to avoid maybe a certain fear we may have or a task at hand. It points out great tips to work through everything so we can succeed and also help us in the future. The examples are great and each one provides great lessons to accomplish goals. A lot of these examples and suggestions they give you, you can use in everyday life.

Procrastination and You
College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

I saw that it was an article from the college OSU and immediately I knew that it was going to be very in-depth and realistic reading. I really liked that this article listed a strategy that had you the reader truly asking yourself questions. The post uses realistic examples to help get you to understand that procrastination happens to everyone.

Chemeketa Community College, Salem,OR

The six reasons why people procrastinate are specifically outlined on the website. First in the list it explains why people say "I don't feel like doing it" and strategies to overcome that feeling. The second is "But I don't know how" which I can relate to because sometimes I won't take the time to learn something I need to. "But what if I can't cut it?" goes over how people have a fear or failure which is a real thing. The fourth reason, "How can I top this?" refers to fearing that high expectations will come your way if you succeed. "This stuff is just plain boring" explains how lack of interest is a huge role in procrastination. Lastly, "You can't make me" is a form of rebellion when told to do something. The entire list is relates to me as a college student balancing homework, work, and a social life. I found this to be quite interesting to me.

It's in the doing
College Sophomore
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR.

I really enjoyed reading through this PDF on procrastination. While the whole document was engaging,the first example kept me fully engaged as it really hit home for me. I had never thought about the "doing", as it were, coming before the motivation. I understand that we aren't always motivated to do activities we find uninteresting but Burns perception influenced me.

If I can just start on a project, maybe I'll become fully immersed. I'm hoping to incorporate this into my life.

Could be easily avoided!
College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR 97305

Reading "Six Reasons People Procrastinate" made me realize that people tend to find many reasons to procrastinate, when it could be easily avoided. There are many ways to be successful in College and even though there might be some barriers in between our success, there are always ways to overcome them.

For example the number 6 reason people procrastinate talks about how a Father tells his Son that he has to study in business and even though he doesn't want to, he is forced by his father to do so. If it were up to the son, if he wanted to pass his courses in business or not. because he had time to do his work and be successful, but his pride made him not go to his courses. It is up to one to decide whether or not you want to be academically successful. There are no excuses when it comes to being successful in a course. The quote I live by is, "If you keep doing what you've been doing, you'll keep getting what you've been getting." This article has inspired me to do great.

Reasons that people procrastinate
Lea Hawkins, College Sophomore
Chemeketa Community College, Oregon

This was an awesome article. I really got a lot out of it. I learned that skill deficit is one of the most basic reasons for procrastination. I also learned that it is a good idea to check my attitude about what exactly I am procrastination on and if need be to adjust accordingly, which made me laugh a little.

The most basic and probably most effective strategy I learned from this article is just to simply get started. What I found most interesting about this article is it talked about the idea of not being good enough and how that shows up in procrastination not only in regards to college life but also in regards to family life as well. I was left with the question of how many students have dropped out of college due to specifically procrastination?

2 honest reasons for procrastinating
Suzanna Anderson
Chemeketa Community College, Oregon

Three things I learned: 1. Of the six types of procrastination I fall in two categories. The first being I don't feel like doing it and the second is this stuff is just plain boring.

2. One way to get past the I don't feel like doing it is to just get started and once you start the motivation to finish will follow.

3. One way to get around the problem of this stuff is just plain boring is to keep in mind that if you just get it done it wont be nagging on your mind during fun activities.

Two things I found interesting: 1. One reason for procrastination is a fear of success. So if you don't put the time in and you fail you have an excuse. 2. Rebellion or resistance is a cause for procrastination. I see this as something my teenage daughter engages in frequently when asked to clean her room.

One question I still have is if they have a test that can specifically tell you which of the six categories you fall into.

6 reasons people procrastinate
Serena Bischoff, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR

One of the things that I learned is that often just beginning the task is the real motivator. Instead of needing motivation to do a task, motivation comes from starting the task. Another thing I learned is that people procrastinate because they are afraid to fail. The third thing I learned, which I found really interesting, is fear of success. Some people procrastinate because they are afraid of the outcome of succeeding. I also found it interesting that most people procrastinate because the task is boring or unpleasant. The question I have is does everyone procrastinate? and if so, what are the best ways to get past it?

It's REAL!
Kylie Alviso , College Sophomore
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Or

One thing I learned from this article is that procrastination is a real problem people have and at times, they really can't control it. Another thing I learned was people really feel like there is nothing they can do to change no matter what help they get. The last thing I learned was that some people just don't want to change. Some people think that they will be okay doing anything last minute, no matter what it is.

One thing I found interesting was that I can relate to a lot of the reasons people procrastinate. I have always been a procrastinator who has wanted to change. Another thing I found interesting was that these are the top six reasons and I feel like they are very accurate. Some people might not relate to them but I do.

A question I have is, why do people feel like they can't accomplish something?


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