Pathway 3: No longer finding the ‘pros’ in procrastination

Analyze reasons for procrastination

What is procrastination?

Definition: To delay an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse off for the delay.[1]

Why do we procrastinate?

Procrastination is not a “one size fits all” problem.  We procrastinate for a variety of different reasons. The first step in tackling procrastination is to do some detective work – to figure out – without judgment – why it might be that you procrastinate.

Reasons for Procrastination and Possible Solutions

Identifying the cause of procrastination can help you move towards a solution. Click on the common reasons for procrastination below to view suggested solutions.  If you would prefer to learn this information through a video, skip ahead by using the next section arrow.

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Click on the next section arrow to learn more about reasons for procrastination, and how you can commit to change.

 


  1. Steel, P. (2007). The nature of procrastination: A meta-analytic and theoretical review of quintessential self-regulatory failure. Psychological Bulletin, 133, 65-94
  2. Adapted from: Oregon State University Academic Success Centre. (n.d.) Six Reasons People Procrastinate. Retrieved from successoregonstate.edu/six-reasons-people-procrastinate ↵

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