"Procrastination" is a verb meaning "to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done." It is human nature to procrastinate; everyone does it to some degree. But sometimes it can lead to feelings of guilt, inadequacy, depression and self-doubt that can become a major problem, and one of the biggest roadblocks, to achieving academic success.
All people procrastinate at some time or another and most are aware of how procrastination works against them. Yet, for most people, procrastination can also work for them. For instance, you can delay making decisions or doing work in order to give yourself time to get your thoughts in order. You can also choose to put off a task because it has a low priority. But, procrastination can also serve as a way to avoid something. At the time, that "something" may seem to you to be even worse than the consequences of the procrastinating behavior.
The following are six basic reasons why you may procrastinate. As you read this section, check those reasons that seem to apply the most to your situations. These categories are not mutually exclusive, thus, you may see some of yourself in more than one section.
Adapted from McNickle and Sanderson (1993) Procrastination: Problem or Plus? Kansas State University, University Counseling Services.