Almost everyone procrastinates from time to time, for a variety of reasons ranging from not wanting to do a task to wanting to do it so perfectly that we don’t know where to start!
Procrastination is problematic when it is chronic or significantly impairs performance or reduces quality of life.
Many procrastinators hold erroneous beliefs about how productive people work, and may not make use the strategies that are effective when performing tasks. They then blame themselves, which negatively impact their sense of self-efficacy and competency to the further detriment of their effective functioning.
Learning to use simple strategies like removing temptation and setting up reward contingencies can be helpful.
There are also tricks like the “5-10 minute rule”: Tell yourself you will do a task right now, for 5 to 10 minutes, after which you will stop if you really do not want to do it. The trick is that it gets you started and most of the time you will then continue.