Why do we procrastinate? | Jim Selman

January 15, 2015 12:22 AM

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It's a bit more than a week into the new year and I am already behind on all the things I was going to get done during the post-holiday lull. I am procrastinating. As with many of my less agreeable habits, I decided to do a workshop on the subject for a European client late last year. The overarching question of why we procrastinate was framed a bit more specifically as "Why don't we do the things we KNOW we need to do to accomplish what we SAY we want to accomplish?" The correlation to this question is if we don't know what to do, why do we put off some action to learn or be coached to move forward to achieve whatever we say we want?

One of the first things that became obvious is that everyone has a conversation about procrastination. No one has ever said, "I always do what I need to do when I need to do it". Furthermore, it is generally a negative self-assessment. I also haven't heard anyone say "I am just fine and happy not do...

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