Philosophy of Procrastination: Insights into Human Behaviour

Christopher 'Chigg' Ba(Hons), Dip CBH, MNCH(reg)

Christopher 'Chigg' Ba(Hons), Dip CBH, MNCH(reg)

Founder:Bohangar City Practice: (ex Banking Analyst): Transforming Minds, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.

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Procrastination stands as a prevalent issue in the spectrum of human behaviors, affecting a vast swath of individuals. It manifests as the continual deferment of tasks and activities that ought to be addressed promptly. This ingrained habit can be challenging to overcome, casting a detrimental shadow over our daily lives. The pressing question remains: what propels us into the arms of procrastination, and what psychological mechanisms underlie this pervasive tendency?

In this blog post, we will explore the philosophy of procrastination and gain insights into human Behaviour.

The Psychology of Procrastination

Procrastination is a complex phenomenon that is rooted in our psychology. It is often caused by a combination of fear, anxiety, and perfectionism. Fear of failure can lead us to put off tasks that we think we won’t be able to do well. Anxiety can cause us to avoid tasks that make us feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable. Perfectionism can lead us to delay tasks until we feel we can do them perfectly.

These psychological factors can lead to a vicious cycle of procrastination. We put off tasks because we are afraid or anxious, and then we feel guilty or ashamed for not doing them. This guilt and shame can lead to more procrastination, creating a cycle that can be difficult to break.

Strategies for Overcoming Procrastination

Fortunately, there are strategies that can help us break the cycle of procrastination. One of the most effective strategies is to break down tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks. This can help us feel less overwhelmed and make it easier to get started.

Another strategy is to set realistic goals and deadlines. This can help us stay motivated and focused on completing tasks in a timely manner. It can also be helpful to reward ourselves for completing tasks, as this can help us stay motivated and build momentum.

Finally, it can be helpful to practice self-compassion. We can be our own worst critics, and this can lead to feelings of guilt and shame that can perpetuate the cycle of procrastination. Practicing self-compassion can help us be kinder to ourselves and give us the motivation to keep going.


Procrastination is a common problem that can have a negative impact on our lives. It is rooted in our psychology and can be difficult to break. However, there are strategies that can help us overcome procrastination and get back on track. By breaking down tasks into smaller chunks, setting realistic goals and deadlines, and practicing self-compassion, we can break the cycle of procrastination and take control of our lives.

Disclaimer, Please Read: The information provided in this article is for illustrative and informational purposes only. It does not establish a therapist-patient relationship. For medical issues or emergencies, always consult with a licensed medical professional. For non-clinical challenges related to stress, anxiety, and other emotional or behavioural concerns, considering a consultation with a therapist may be beneficial. Bohangar City Practice is a registered Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy practice, specializing in combining cognitive behavioural techniques with hypnosis to address various challenges and promote well-being. Any questions, please do reach out

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