Why do I procrastinate

This is what you get on your screen when you google procrastination.
[proh-kras-tuhney-shuh n, pruh‐] 
noun: procrastination; plural noun: procrastinations
  1. the action of delaying or postponing something.
    “your first tip is to avoid procrastination”
    synonyms: dithering, delaying tactics, dilatoriness, stalling, temporizing, hesitation,vacillation

    humming and hawing; 
    informaldilly-dallying, shilly-shallying;
    informalkicking the can down the road

Almost every Human being who is alive would have committed this act at one time or another in our life. Some people do it more than others. Some are pros in the act while others have just started. While a few lucky ones would have left this habit far behind.

I confess I am a procrastinator, my wife thinks I am lazy ( there is a fine line which is difficult to discern at  times, I am also lazy sometimes ).

I have been trying to unravel the mystery of procrastination. So I googled “why do we procrastinate” & “procrastination Vs Laziness” and Mr Google prompt as always came up with countless links for me to guzzle.
In most of the pages I read there was a recurrent theme, we procrastinate because we want to succeed. 
But when we procrastinate we are moving towards failure ( most of the time).

So why on earth do we do the thing we do.

it seems that we procrastinate when we are trying to avoid the pain of a deemed failure in our minds. Our rational mind comes out with a reason to do a totally random non urgent trivial thing as there is no fear of failure in that ( as we have done that countless times). This random trivial act releases endorphins in our brain & gives us a high. This further coaxes our rational minds to come out with excuses to further delay the act which we are procrastinating & the cycle keep repeating itself.

So why do we have the fear of failure in the first place?
I don’t have any concrete answers but my observations & readings suggest that it may be the result of how our society & education is designed & functions. We despise innovation & failure ( despite of all the leaders & politicians saying that we need more innovation). Right from the very beginning there is always only one correct way to do a thing. So when we are trying to do things in which we are not the complete masters ( which includes most of the things we do in our daily lives), we have a doubt in our minds ” Is my way correct?” Unless what we want to do has been validated by some one which includes blogs, friends, family members, colleagues, we are doubtful of ourselves & the outcomes. this produces a painful feeling bought about years of schooling & “only ONE right answer” conditioning.

People have come out with techniques on how to avoid procrastination like automation, reminders, fixing times for certain things, checklists, to do lists & so on. But are we really tackling the monster of procrastination by doing it or are we just suppressing it waiting for it to manifest in other forms.

I am still searching for an answer.


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