Procrastinators Unite: A Series About How to Overcome Procrastination and Performance Anxiety

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Procrastinators Unite: A Series About How to Overcome Procrastination and Performance Anxiety.

By Stacey J Nelson Ph.D.

Why People Procrastinate and Experience Performance Anxiety

People habitually postpone tasks or procrastinate for a variety of reasons. Some of the reasons might be; “the fear of failure” or “the fear of success” or in other words, “the fear and responsibility of being successful”. A chronic procrastinator might be overwhelmed by having to do too many tasks and not know how to prioritize about what to do first. Some people also might procrastinate because of guilt or of SUBCONSCIOUS thoughts and past psychological conditioning.

You know you need to take action about completing unfinished tasks, but you don’t know why you are unable to complete certain projects. Therefore, you resist completing tasks.

Most people will rationalize why they postpone tasks or projects, and think they can stop procrastinating at any time, without making significant behavioral changes. They convince themselves that their procrastination is not that serious and that their resistance to completing tasks will eventually not haunt them anymore. Sometimes these thoughts are true, but sometimes this is true, and sometimes this is not always the truth!

Some of the reasons why people procrastinate are as follows: Take a look and select the reasons why you postpone tasks? Write a paragraph or two about the reasons selected, and if you can think of more reasons, feel free to include them in your writing: After you complete your writing, proceed to take the Procrastination Quotient Test.

  • Confusion
  • Overly critical
  • Forgetfulness
  • Unable to prioritize
  • Fatigue
  • Unwilling to take risks
  • Obsessive / compulsive behavior
  • Perfectionism
  • In transition
  • Too dependent on others
  • You don’t have enough time
  • Overly analytical
  • Escape
  • Unable to take responsibility
  • Not committed to completing specific tasks
  • Disorganization
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Anger
  • Unable to handle pressure
  • Physical disabilities
  • Monotony / boredom


This series is to be continued Procrastinators Unite – a monthly gathering and motivational training classes begins in Delray Beach, Florida December 3rd, 2016


Stacey J Nelson – Licensed Psychotherapist /Motivational Trainer/Coach and Consultant – is an Integrative Psychotherapist” helping people develop  “Mindfulness” and “Peace of Mind”.She has been Adjunct Faculty at more than 20 universities and Community college. Dr Nelson facilitates Seminars and is in private practice in Boca Raton/Delray Beach.  Watch for new seminars, scheduled in the Fall 2016 in Boca Raton and Delray Beach,and by video Skype Consulting. Individual appointments for  Psychotherapy, Coaching, and Consulting.Complete the contact form on her website to inquire about her programs and services. (561) 859-7779.

Author: Jackie Jackson

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