Procrastination is a common emotional issue that affects many people. When an individual procrastinates, there is often a more underlying reason than laziness. Procrastination can stem from a set of triggers that result in a bad habit. People avoid tasks that spark negative emotions rather than addressing the central problem.
Michael Wiener, Albuquerque, New Mexico local leader who served as a city councilor, state senator, and county commissioner, identifies procrastination as a detrimental habit when trying to achieve goals. Below, he discusses six common triggers for procrastination to avoid.
Trigger #1: Feelings of Anxiety
Anxiety is a negative emotion that can evolve from many things. A task that channels an unpleasant feeling such a bore or frustration from its difficulty level results in inner anxiety. Perfectionism can also spark the feeling of apprehension to perform without mistakes and can lead to procrastination. To get past the fear of failure, you have to accept that failure is a part of life and a useful learning tool.
Trigger #2: Decision overload
Fatigue from decision making can make accomplishing tasks come to a halt. Studies have shown that the average adult makes up to 35,000 remotely conscious decisions a day. Often, making many big decisions in a day can make small choices seem unimportant and avertable.
Trigger #3: Feelings of Depression
Depression can keep a person from performing any task, regardless of the area of life or characteristic of the duty. Negative overthinking spawns from depression and can lead to a total lack of self-confidence. Believing you are capable of accomplishing whatever is at hand is a crucial starting factor.
Trigger #4: Difficulty with Execution
You have an idea or task that you need to put into play, but you do not know where or how to start. Such an ambiguous feeling can spark procrastination. Some people lack the overall skill or find it challenging to break a big picture down into a small step process.
Trigger #5: Hitting a Creative Wall
Procrastinating from a creative work can be both harmful and beneficial, depending on the project. It is common for a creative professional or artist to hit a wall when developing innovative ideas. Taking time away from a project can stimulate new proactive perspectives but can also result in abandonment.
Trigger #6: Stress from Relationships
How many times have you avoided a topic with someone else due to fear of conflict? Stressful issues in any relationship can lead to avoiding the whole matter in general. From a business perspective, maybe you and your partner cannot agree on a new business logo, so the old one never changes. Or on a personal level, the dishes in your home never get done because your spouse avoids them, and you are tired of doing them and asking your spouse to do his or her part in helping. It is always a better option to work through conflict rather than dodge any task or subject.
About Michael Wiener
Michael Wiener of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a license plate collector, researcher, and consultant who is considered one of America’s leading authorities in the field of automobile license plates and motor vehicle licensing systems. He is also a former Albuquerque City Councilor, New Mexico State Senator, Bernalillo County Commissioner, and was featured on HGTV’s “Offbeat America” TV show.