#019 – Why We Procrastinate (The Now Habit Pt 2) [Podcast]

Have you ever thought about why we procrastinate? What is behind this? What is the motivation? Is it just a matter about us being lazy … or is there something more than that happening?


Many of us use our performance as “mirrors”.  Instead of them being an expression of who we are … an expression of our creativity … they become something we use to measure our worth. This is the fuel for procrastination. In this episode, we talk about the various reasons why we procrastinate.

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“Why We Procrastinate” Show Notes

In this episode, I share on the following topics:

  • Review of last week
  • Our main problem is …
  • 6 warning signs of procrastination
  • Character defect … or release valve?
  • Procrastinating is rewarding
  • Perfectionistic demands lead to → fear of failure → PROCRASTINATION → self-criticism → anxiety and depression → loss of confidence → greater fear of failure which leads to → stronger need to use PROCRASTINATION as a temporary escape
  • Homework

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2 thoughts on “#019 – Why We Procrastinate (The Now Habit Pt 2) [Podcast]

  1. The 6 warning signs weren’t so bad until I heard all the sub-category explanations of the main category. YIKES!
    1. Does life feel like a long series of obligations that can’t be met?
    2. Are you unrealistic about your time (commitments)?
    3. Are you vague about your goals and values?
    4. Are you unfilled, frustrated and, or depressed?
    5. Are you indecisive or afraid of being criticized for making a mistake?
    6. Are low self-esteem and lack of assertiveness holding you back from being productive?

    However, it was the final question you posed that was most critical. “Do you procrastinate in a major area in my life that in itself describes your identity, purpose or worth?”

    That answer alone made me do your homework assignment. I centered the answers around: How (do I feel), How (replace – substitute the priority with something else); When (did I procrastinate); What (areas / topics did I procrastinate on); and Why (did I do it, self-thinking, thoughts, risk assessment )….

    The results are helping to see patterns. I like the pace of this book review. Thanks

    • dCote, that is amazing!! Thanks for sharing it with me. For me, this whole thing of identity and worth is a major catalyst for change. It is something I don’t always hear, so I was really excited to see Neil talk about it in his book.