Definition of procrastination
Procrastination is the habit of delaying or postponing an action or task until a much later time. This word is derived from the Latin pro, meaning “forward, ahead, or in favor of” and crastinus, meaning “tomorrow.”
Procrastination is considered by many to be a negative attitude, a counterproductive habit. But it is rarely seen in a positive light. Some writers have highlighted it as a functional delay or as an avoidance of haste.
However, procrastination is positive form, as later historical analysis specifies, is only secondary in use. The focus of this article is on the main negative form of procrastination. Like other common terms cited in scholarly studies, definitions for procrastination are often almost as plentiful as the people researching the topic. At first, such variations in definition may seem to complicate the nature of procrastination, but in some ways they may serve to partially illuminate it.
Various attempts by many researchers to improve the understanding of its meaning are more complementary than contradictory. Moreover, each common idea reveals only the core or essential element. It is obvious that all definitions and conceptualizations of procrastination identify that there must be a postponement, delay or postponement of a task or decision, in accordance with the Latin origin of the word.
Based on this, a procrastinator is someone who delays the start or completion of an action or task. This distinction is relevant, since there are hundreds of tasks one could be doing at any given time, and it becomes difficult to think of yourself as procrastinating all of them.
Procrastination: a modern phenomenon or were you born a procrastinator?
Procrastination is especially widespread today. Everyone seems to be affected by it. It’s like a modern disease that knows no race, gender, age or boundaries. Some of us may procrastinate here and there, but for some it’s a way of life.
In a recent study, an estimate shows that 80%-95% of college students procrastinate, approximately 75% consider themselves procrastinators, and nearly 50% describe themselves as chronic procrastinators.
The total amount of procrastination among students is considerable. It usually takes up more than one third of their daily activities, often taking place through sleeping, playing or watching TV
So why do so many people procrastinate? Are we born this way? I believe the answer is a big NO. We become conditioned procrastinators. One reason is that we don’t look at what causes procrastination. Those who want to stop procrastination must first identify the root causes (there are 4 main causes). Only when you know why can you make changes to overcome procrastination.
Fortunately, a special physiological analysis of procrastination has been made and when everything is added up, it will all come down to the fact that procrastination is caused by 4 main reasons. Sometimes just one, and sometimes all four or a combination of four.
So NO, you are not a born procrastinator, you are just conditioned as such.