A wise person recently told me that there is no such thing as procrastination. We just don't think it is a priority right now to tackle that task.

Do you agree with that assessment? It makes sense. But, if you are like me and procrastinate, there might be another reason why.

The New York Times dove into the reason why we procrastinate. Here is what they came up with:

1. We're overwhelmed.
So many of our colleagues have been laid off that there is more work for those who remain -- sometimes so much work that it can be paralyzing when the boss wants us to be both creative and efficient at the same time.

2. We worry what others think of us.
Sometimes the job is just too hard. After all, if you never finish that difficult project, you won't be judged. Some people think it's better to be accused of lacking effort or having poor time management skills than lacking ability.

3. We're distracted.
The average employee admits to wasting as much as two hours a day on non-work tasks. Facebook, Twitter and personal e-mail can be very distracting.

4. We have a fear of success.
if you do a job very well, the boss will expect even more of you next time -- and you know deep down you might not be able to deliver. The end result? You procrastinate on the immediate task.

As a procrastinator, I think this list is right on. What do you think?

[via: New York Times]


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