Procrastination is a complex behaviour influenced by various psychological, emotional, and cognitive factors. Here are some common reasons why people procrastinate:

Fear of Failure: The fear of not meeting expectations or the fear of making mistakes can be paralyzing. Procrastination may serve as a way to avoid the potential negative outcomes associated with failure.

Perfectionism: People who strive for perfection may delay tasks because they feel they are not adequately prepared, or the conditions are not ideal. The desire for flawless performance can be a significant factor.

Lack of Motivation: When a task is perceived as dull, uninteresting, or lacking personal relevance, individuals may struggle to find the motivation to start or complete it. This can be a way of avoiding tasks perceived as unenjoyable.

Poor Time Management: Individuals who struggle with managing their time effectively may find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer volume of tasks. Procrastination may result from feeling unable to allocate time appropriately to each task.

Decisional Procrastination: Some people procrastinate because they struggle with making decisions. Postponing a decision can provide temporary relief from the anxiety or discomfort associated with making choices.

Task Difficulty: If a task is perceived as too challenging or complex, individuals may delay starting it. Procrastination can be a defence mechanism to avoid the discomfort of facing a difficult task.

Impaired Executive Function: Executive functions, which include skills like planning, organizing, and initiating tasks, can be impaired in individuals with certain mental health conditions (e.g., ADHD). Postponing may be a manifestation of these cognitive challenges.

Lack of Clear Goals: Without clear goals or a sense of direction, individuals may struggle to prioritize tasks and initiate work. Procrastination can result from the absence of a clear roadmap.

Immediate Rewards of Procrastination: Procrastination may provide short-term relief from stress or discomfort, offering an immediate reward by engaging in more enjoyable or less demanding activities.

Overestimation of Future Time Availability: Some individuals believe they will have more time in the future to complete tasks, leading to procrastination in the present. This is known as the “time inconsistency” bias.

Some possible solutions to explore fight procrastination might include:


Understanding the underlying factors can be a crucial first step in addressing procrastination. Developing strategies to overcome specific challenges, such as setting realistic goals, managing perfectionism, and improving time management skills, can help individuals reduce procrastination and enhance their overall productivity. As the chart above suggests, each of us has reasons for not getting things done and then there are strategies like “Eating the Frog First” that help us break our cycles of avoidance.  Just like many of you, having a mentor and buddy can be the secret to accountability and getting things done!  Check out FoodBizMentoring if you think that might help you move forward.