Procrastination is something that many people struggle with their entire lives.

There is always a next day, a next week, a next month and a next year and soon it becomes too late in one’s life to succeed.

There are many reasons why people procrastinate and it is important for us to understand how to resolve this destructive behavior.

Procrastination can impede and in some cases completely destroy an individual’s ability to lead a happy and productive life.

Therefore, procrastination has a major negative impact on an individual’s personal development.

Definition of Procrastination

Webster’s Dictionary defines procrastination as “to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done.”

Procrastination Indicators

There are many reasons why people procrastinate. Some of them include:

Fear of Success

When you fear success, you find ways to to procrastinate  which         manifests itself in a lack of organization and overall  productivity.

Not focusing on the most important tasks that you must complete is an indicator of the fear of success.

Fear of Failure

When you fear failure, you tend to procrastinate because you feel inadequate and unable to reach the high standards you set for yourself.

When you spend too much time on activities than is necessary, this is an indicator of the fear of failure.

Fear of Judgment

When you fear judgment, you tend to procrastinate because you worry about what other people think.

When you find yourself thinking about what others think, rather than performing the task at hand, then you are demonstrating fear of judgment.

Ways to Overcome Procrastination

  • Focus on areas of your life that are meaningful and for which you have a real passion.
  • Ask yourself what is your ultimate goal and then write it down; perform the necessary tasks that will lead you to its accomplishment.
  • Set deadlines for each task and periodically review them. If you find yourself not meeting this timetable, you may need to reevaluate what is preventing you from meeting such targeted dates.
  • Do not make excuses for yourself, but rather confront what the roadblocks are and deal with them.
  • Reward yourself for the successful completion of a task.
  • Accept full responsibility for the completion of a job and do not blame others or outside events for any procrastination that occurs.


Procrastination wastes the most important asset an individual has which is their time.

Procrastination directly impacts our ability to lead a happy and productive life and adversely affects one’s personal development.

Listed above are several procrastination indicators, as well as multiple ways in which you can overcome procrastination.








About the author: Bob

Bob is a businessman, athlete, and entrepreneur who is passionate about helping people progress personally through better self-awareness.

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