One 2007 study found that a shocking 80 to 95% of college students procrastinated on a regular basis, particularly when it came to completing assignments and coursework. Is it really that shocking, though?
In addition to the reasons why we procrastinate, we often come up with a number of excuses or rationalizations to justify our behavior.According to Tuckman, Abry, and Smith, there are 15 key reasons why people procrastinate:
Not knowing what needs to be done
Not knowing how to do something
Not wanting to do something
Not caring if it gets done or not
Not caring when something gets done
Not feeling in the mood to do it
Being in the habit of waiting until the last minute
Believing that you work better under pressure
Thinking that you can finish it at the last minute
Lacking the initiative to get started
Blaming sickness or poor health
Waiting for the right moment
Needing time to think about the task
Delaying one task in favor of working on another
Steel, P. (2007). The Nature of Procrastination: A Meta-Analytic and Theoretical Review of Quintessential Self-Regulatory Failure. Psychological Bulletin, 133(1), 65-94.
Tuckman, B.W., Abry, D.A, & Smith, D.R. (2008). Learning and Motivation Strategies: Your Guide to Success (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
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