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Serial procrastinator

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by Ezra
on 16 Jun, 20232 minutes read

Hello and welcome back to Ezra’s Journey!

I’m a serial procrastinator. It’s a fact I've had to accept.

I’ve spoken before about my lack of motivation when it comes to the gym but really I procrastinate everything. Urgent tasks, meaningless tasks; going to the bank, watching my never ending list of movies and TV shows, assignments, washing the dishes. The more I try to convince myself it’s not a problem, the more I end up procrastinating. It’s a perpetual cycle.

Procrastination is not laziness. It took me a while to understand the difference between the two, believing instead my constant procrastination was just me being lazy. This led me to feeling guilty and ashamed every time I inevitably postponed something important that I needed to do.

Procrastination refers to the act of delaying or postponing tasks or actions to sometime in the future, instead choosing to engage in activities other than the ones that should be prioritised. It can be a result of various psychological factors, including a fear of failure, feeling overwhelmed, and poor time management skills.

Laziness, on the other hand, refers to a lack of motivation, energy, or willingness to engage in any productive or meaningful activities. It is often characterised by a consistent pattern of reluctance to take action, avoiding effort, exertion, and work.

The only way to begin attempting to fix this pretty huge character flaw of mine was to accept it. Once I accepted I was a procrastinator and not just lazy, I could then recognise and reflect on why I do it and how I could become more productive.