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Procrastinators severely overestimate how hard it is to finish a task.
While it can be very tough to start, you'll gain momentum and achieve ten times more work with the same willpower. The result will also be much more rewarding.
You overestimate your skills and underestimate the challenge. Your goals may be too small, or you didn't break the big goals into daily tasks.
What you find yourself doing: You don't write a deadline on your calendar, but promise to start tomorrow. You may even tell everyone how easy it is or what you plan to do.
Solution: Commit to a deadline, or make it a challenge to get done as much as possible.
You may love your work, but other tasks seem more appealing because you gravitate towards the path of least resistance.
Solution: Block your distractions. Plan days where you reward yourself generously, to make smaller temptations less attractive.
Preparation scares you. You want improved quality when you didn't work for long enough to optimize. You may waste your time by giving too much time to irrelevant details.
Solution: Shift your focus from results to actions.
Your interpretation of failure is preventing you from working.
Solution: When you failed, you did not understand how much you actually learned. Take a day off to stop thinking.
You have over-committed and have no time left. Even if you have time, you sometimes don't see the point in spending time on those tasks.
Solution: If a task is irrelevant, stop the task. Use only the best-performing ways to achieve your objectives. Prioritize your goals and work on one at a time. Also, know that you can make progress at a slower pace.
Your poor time-management/prioritization skills are setting you back. You hate routines because you feel they take away your freedom, but then you never have time to do what you love.
Solution: Learn to work smarter with the Pomodoro technique and the Eisenhower's Matrix.
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