The primary cause of procrastination is not laziness or poor time management, it’s negative emotions. When doing a task, if you felt negative emotions such as anxiety, boredom, or stress, then next time your brain will try to distract you or rationalize yourself out of doing the task.
Despite being one of the leading artists of the High Renaissance, only fifteen of Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings have survived. The small number of surviving paintings is due in part to Leonardo’s frequently disastrous experimentation with new techniques and his chronic procrastination.
Procrastinators often forget to do things that they intended to do, especially if they’re unaware of their procrastination.
Study shows that negative emotions, such as fear, distress, and guilt, can lead to procrastination.
The word “procrastinate” comes from Latin meaning “to put off until tomorrow” and there is another word “perendinate” that means “to put off until the day after tomorrow”. For some people, procrastination is more than a bad habit; it’s a sign of a serious underlying health issue. For example, ADHD , OCD , anxiety, and depression are associated with procrastination. Also, research suggests that procrastination can be a cause of serious stress and illness.