Procrastination: The act of delaying or postponing something. I'm sure all of us have done this at one point or another in our lives. Whether it was school work, a job assignment, or activity, we've all had a time where we didn't want to do something or delay it as much as possible.
To be honest, as I type this, I have a few things I am procrastinating on. I'm sure you are too! But it's okay as long as our procrastination doesn't take over our life.
I read an article on procrastination that theorized that procrastination happened for 2 reasons: 1) We delay action because we feel like we're in the wrong mood to complete a task. 2) We assume that our mood will change in the near future. This theory makes sense because how often do we delay tasks because we feel tired or angry or stressed? We might think "Oh, I'll work on that project when I'm not stressed" because we feel we need to be at our best and in a better mood to do so and need time to get there.
So now that we've recognized one plausible explanation, how do we go about changing our pattern?
Giving yourself deadlines, starting some work on your task, and giving yourself incentives to motivate yourself are all good ideas. Ultimately it also boils down to your style; do you think you work better when you are pressured? Finding out when you procrastinate and how often are important in order to break yourself of the cycle.
The article I read: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/08/the-procrastination-loop-and-how-to-break-it/379142/