15 Analyze Reasons for Procrastination

What is procrastination?

Definition: To delay an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse off for the delay.[1]

Why do we procrastinate?

Procrastination is not a “one size fits all” problem.  We procrastinate for a variety of different reasons. The first step in tackling procrastination is to do some detective work – to figure out – without judgment – why it might be that you procrastinate.

Reasons for Procrastination and Possible Solutions

Identifying the cause of procrastination can help you move towards a solution. Click on the common reasons for procrastination below to view suggested solutions.  If you would prefer to learn this information through a video, skip ahead by using the next section arrow.





Click on the next section arrow to learn more about reasons for procrastination, and how you can commit to change.

  1. Steel, P. (2007). The nature of procrastination: A meta-analytic and theoretical review of quintessential self-regulatory failure. Psychological Bulletin, 133, 65-94
  2. Adapted from: Oregon State University Academic Success Centre. (n.d.) Six Reasons People Procrastinate. Retrieved from successoregonstate.edu/six-reasons-people-procrastinate ↵


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