Why are we lazy and what is Procrastination?

Hello, readers! We all have an aim in life. If you’re a college student, you have assignments you need to complete. If your exams are approaching, you will promise yourself that you’ll do your best to prepare for the exams, so that you can top the exam. If you are looking for a job, you want to prepare for the job. Why don’t you do it? We’re waiting for you to do it. It takes no time for us to decide what we want to achieve, but then we don’t do what we ought to.

There’s an inherent feeling that tells you that you can do it tomorrow. and that it’s okay if you relax for a while on Instagram, scroll through the web, or watch comedy videos on YouTube. While we put off things for tomorrow, we end up wasting time today. And tomorrow never arrives. There’s an English word for it “Procrastination“.

Why do humans procrastinate? In today’s post, let’s try to understand from a scientific perspective the psychology behind procrastination and find the real solution to it. Today, we’ll know about laziness and Procrastination.

We always here people saying these : “I am always lazy, my parents always do their best to change me, but they also slack.” “Those people have an addictive desire to rest.” “You will get nothing in the end.” “You will end up failing in your comfort zone.” “Tomorrow I’ll surely do what I was supposed to do 2 days back in the past. “What’s going in our brains”, why we are the way we are?” “Rich people don’t sleep 8 hours a day.” “They leave everything up to God, they simply eat and sleep.” Friends, I won’t be giving you motivational quotes in this post because I believe motivation is a short-lived phenomenon. If you feel motivated after watching a video, and start working powered with that motivation you will work well for the next few hours, at most, you will be motivated for the next 2-3 days, but then the motivation would come crashing down, and you stop working.

Dr. Piers Steel is one of the leading researchers in the world, on the science of motivation and procrastination. He’s science student for almost 10 years. He believes that procrastination isn’t a problem that is seen exclusively in this era. It has existed for ages. Long time before, in 1400 BC, An Egyptian hieroglyphs was found, that talks about it. A University of Toronto Egyptologist translated this as “Friend, stop putting off work and allow us to go home in good time.”

About 600 years after this, in 800 BC, an ancient Greek poet said something similar. Centuries ago, Sant Kabir famously said you’d recall this, “Kaal Kare So Aaj Kar, Aaj Kare So Ab, Pal Mein Pralay Hoga Phir Karega Kab” it means ‘do tomorrow’s work today, today’s work right now because you don’t know at what moment flood strikes’. He tells you not to put off work for tomorrow, not even for later in the day, or else, if everything will end in a moment, you won’t finish what you started and only regrets will remain with you.

This has been reiterated by many poets and motivational speakers in history. But we have gotten worse. According to Dr. Steel, in the last 40 years, there has been a 300% to 400% growth in chronic procrastination. Today, half the population in the world procrastinates. They procrastinate frequently. But why do we do so? We need to dig deeper.

Think about the things you procrastinate doing. When you have to prepare for an exam or a job interview, you procrastinate. But have you ever procrastinated while scrolling on Instagram? Or while watching a comedy video on YouTube? The answer is NO. We only procrastinate if it’s homework project. Or for exercising. Or if it is something emotional, we’ll procrastinate.

“When I have to let someone know how I really feel inside, when I have to show my feelings to someone, when I have to accept I was wrong, when I have to swallow my ego, I always miss the right time.” We always slack when something important. Something that requires a lot of effort. Physical, mental, or emotional effort. We replace that task with something easier and more interesting for us. Such as browsing on social media. Or watching a film.

Here, deadlines play an important role. If there is a deadline for our task, wherein we need to finish it before the deadline, we procrastinate until we reach the deadline. Suppose we have to make a presentation and submit it tomorrow, even this morning, you’ll feel like procrastinating and scrolling through Instagram.

Only for 5 minutes before you begin the project. And we’re very familiar with how the 5 minutes turn into 1 hour without us finding out. Social Media websites have been designed in a way that even if you spend a little time on them, it sucks you in, and this little time turns into a long time.

But even if you start working 1 hour later, you’ll be hungry and start raiding your fridge, so that you can get the energy to study. But after eating, you would want to set the mood to be productive. To do so, you will start watching comedy videos on YouTube.

Another hour is wasted in it, and you start feeling tired, so you think it’s better to take a shower and freshen up before starting work. Hours pass by and day turns into night, and then an alarm goes off in your mind, you are left with 12 hours only, you need to finish it somehow.

When it is time to sleep, you start making the presentation, you stay awake the whole night and work on it till the last minute. Several studies have been conducted on college students Such as the study by Ellis and Knaus in 1977 or by O’Brien in 2002.

According to these, approximately 80% to 90% of college students procrastinate. But in college at least, we’re given a deadline so that somehow or the other we complete our work by the end moment, but what happens when there are no deadlines? Friends, in such cases, the procrastination may continue infinitely.

There is no end to procrastination. Wasting time in college meant that you don’t get good marks, or you may not get a good job, these aren’t crucial. But procrastinating later in life would mean that your life may be full of regrets.

If you had a dream of trying your hand at filmmaking, to quit your job and become a filmmaker, but you never actually try to make it happen. You would have heard elders say something like they wanted to become great at something when they were younger, and that they couldn’t do it because of circumstances.

I believe that now you know what procrastination and why and when we do procrastination, in the upcoming post we will know more about procrastinating in the light of science.

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