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Procrastination - Psychological problem or plain laziness ?


Is procrastination a psychological problem or pure laziness ?

I mean I accept that I am a procrastinator but many times I simply feel 'paralyzed' in doing the simplest of tasks. It is as if some invisible force is acting against me.

This force seems to put me down. How many people here have a similar experience ?


Count me in, it is a combo of things, but for me even if I "knew" what it was, it would not make me cured.

Probably all of us!

Or close to all, anyway. :) I've often used the word "paralyzed" to describe how I feel, especially when I've faced a huge task or felt overwhelmed by a lot of smaller ones! Coming here really helps. =)

Welcome Titan

It's hard to know the cause of our procrastination, but we find that if we start working on improving our productivity sometimes we will figure it out along the way.   The important thing is to forgive yourself for past procrastination and begin work on improving, now.


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I don't think it's laziness. Unfortunately, that is often the way it is perceived, especially from the outside. Well-meaning (or just frustrated) advice to "snap out of it" or "just do it" won't fix the problem. For me, at least, it's a pervasive pattern of interacting with the world. Some of the reading material on this site has helped to broaden my perspective. Best wishes.

Rexroth reply and rabbit

If you think about a rabbit frozen terrified in a car's headlights or looking into the eyes of a snake the rabbit is frozen in fear it is not too lazy to run away.

That is the way I look at it.

Regards Rexroth