Thoughts on procrastination & habits
Below is a link to a great TEDx about procrastination given by self-proclaimed "master procrastinator" Tim Urban. Procrastination plagued my academic career from elementary all the way through graduate school, and it was driven by anxiety and perfectionism (I'm not saying those are the sources for everyone). The anxiety is related to unknowns at the onset of a task, perception that a task is too challenging, deadlines, grades, etc. Additionally, I am my toughest critic, so the constant self-evaluation, edits, and re-do's of any task, be it academic or related to personal goals, takes time and effort, thus creating an additional stressor that feeds avoidant behavior. In my experience, both variables cumulatively create a perfect storm to procrastinate. I've spent some time discussing habit formation in previous posts, and procrastination is certainly an impediment to building healthy habits, interfering with your ability to be time efficient and thorough. If you procrastinate, spend some time thinking about what factors cause you to do so and what types of tasks you avoid. Is there a common denominator in either? It's probably a nice start point toward decreasing procrastination.