Procrastination Is Not Laziness.

by Meharis 32 replies
Today, I came across this article.
I found out good info regarding this matter.
Therefore, I wanted to make it available to WF members.(Not Affiliate link)

Procrastination Is Not Laziness | Thought Catalog

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#main internet marketing discussion forum #laziness #procrastination
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  • Profile picture of the author Horny Devil
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    Uh, let me think about that overnight.

    ps. - your post belongs here my friend . . . Mind Warriors - Success, Power, Self-Improvement

    Seriously, putting things off all the time is laziness, so procrastinators are lazy. Dreaming is for when you are asleep.


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  • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
    Thanks for the link; great article, but the best part is it allowed me to put off cleaning my room.
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  • Profile picture of the author muffty
    Thanks, great Blog Post and certainly makes one reflect on why we keep putting those unwanted tasks further and further to the back of the - To Do List!!!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Patricia H
    Good post i'm the same way I know what I need to do then get distracted on doing something else. So now I write down what I want to do and give myself a certain amount of time to do it. It works well for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    Procrastination IS laziness.

    I don't care what shrinks say, or the DSM V, or anything else.

    People who procrastinate, tend to be lazy, disorganized, unfocused people.
    When you procrastinate what do you usually do? Usually nothing proactive or productive.

    Thats what I call laziness.

    Especially in this generation of entitlement, there are more lazy mfkrs than you could ever imagine. More people out of work. More people looking for ways to get rich, and less people willing to get off their asses and do what they KNOW needs to be done.

    Sorry, but I just call things how I see them, and tend to be a stubborn person.
    But to me, if you procrastinate too much, you become lazy. Then you get so lazy that you try to find excuses on the internet that will explain in some miraculous way why you REALLY procrastinate.

    Well I'll tell you why, as simply as possible, you're lazy.


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    • Profile picture of the author BambiFox
      Originally Posted by RedShifted View Post

      Procrastination IS laziness....

      Especially in this generation of entitlement, there are more lazy mfkrs than you could ever imagine. More people out of work. More people looking for ways to get rich, and less people willing to get off their asses and do what they KNOW needs to be done.

      -SB
      RedShifted - Couldn't agree more.

      I'm going to go out right now and kick an "Occupy Wall Street" kid in the butt.

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      • Profile picture of the author DoubleOhDave
        Couldn't agree less with procrastination being laziness..

        I see it as being a horrible affliction under the umbrella of confusion.

        People start something and then get told there's a better way or a different, faster way.. then they are told they need to do a,b,c to get where they want to be and someone else comes along and says there's x,y,z..

        People get all wound up and don't know which direction they want to go. I sympathise. There are so many interesting and intriguing ideas for developing your business online (or just making a few quid here and there) that it stuns people into inactivity.

        One of the basic tenets of blogging is not to have too many share buttons - because faced with too many choices, people do nothing.

        If there were only three types of online business and only three courses of action to take to make each one successful, everyone would be a success.
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        • Profile picture of the author Bill Jenkins
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          I love the illustration above! I've fallen into that trap before years ago.

          Sometimes you just have to get started and go through the pain to get the ball rolling.

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        • Profile picture of the author glowworm
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          Originally Posted by DoubleOhDave View Post

          Couldn't agree less with procrastination being laziness..

          I see it as being a horrible affliction under the umbrella of confusion.

          People start something and then get told there's a better way or a different, faster way.. then they are told they need to do a,b,c to get where they want to be and someone else comes along and says there's x,y,z..

          People get all wound up and don't know which direction they want to go. I sympathise. There are so many interesting and intriguing ideas for developing your business online (or just making a few quid here and there) that it stuns people into inactivity.

          One of the basic tenets of blogging is not to have too many share buttons - because faced with too many choices, people do nothing.

          If there were only three types of online business and only three courses of action to take to make each one successful, everyone would be a success.
          But the upshot is no matter how many options and choices there are, you HAVE to take action. Procrastination, is failing to take action, and that subsequently leads to failure if it's prolonged. It's a self-imposed action, not a disease, so you've only got yourself to blame at the end of the day.
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          • Profile picture of the author DoubleOhDave
            Originally Posted by glowworm View Post

            But the upshot is no matter how many options and choices there are, you HAVE to take action. Procrastination, is failing to take action, and that subsequently leads to failure if it's prolonged. It's a self-imposed action, not a disease, so you've only got yourself to blame at the end of the day.
            Ah, yes - I am not disagreeing with the fact that you have to take action - but all too often we are compelled into the wrong action or indecision based on too much information overload. I had been online over a year and a half before i started making money - I wasn't lazy - i built at least a dozen websites, I stayed up all night , I blogged and tweaked and atteneded to social media and backlink building, blah blah blah - but I wasn't focused on specific measurable actions. Reason was, I was following every shiny WSO I saw.

            Though I agree with you on the action bit - I don't see how you can see procrastination as an action.

            I began to procrastinate before I "made it" so to speak (still working on that a lot though) because I was unemployed and had no support - if an online money making idea didn't work out I would be homeless right now. Pressure to perform and a lot of mistakes from actions taken, coupled with too much info can petrify someone with absolute fear that everything they may attempt will prove a costly mistake.

            I still procrastinate on occasion. At the end of the day I get a horrible sick feeling in my stomach that my day has been a failure. That's why I researched a lot of time management skills and tools that help me stay on track. That's also an ongoing project but that coupled with focusing only on a minimal number of projects has been my saviour!

            I hope some newbies to IM read this and really try and take in the advice they will no doubt have heard from many others - don't try too many things at once or you will just fail equally well at them all!
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            • Profile picture of the author Meharis
              I posted this article with just one purpose.
              Provide information to anyone that could benefit from it.

              If just one person out of the 258 that read the article
              so far was able to get some value, well, that's more than
              good enough feeling.

              I really respect the opinion already expressed by all members
              of this forum.

              For what I've read in different publications, Procrastination is
              a psychological disorder.

              Every confessed procrastinator I did talk about this issue felt
              really miserable. The same way some people can get out of
              drugs, gambling, cigarette, etc, others just can not do it by
              them self.
              They need assistance like any person with a problem or disorder.

              Personally, I'm in favor of giving all possible support to help
              them to get out of that terrible vicious circle.

              Meharis
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      • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
        Originally Posted by BambiFox View Post

        RedShifted - Couldn't agree more.

        I'm going to go out right now and kick an "Occupy Wall Street" kid in the butt.

        Bambi
        [yes, it is my real name]
        WTF? This isn't a place for you to spout your mean spirited demonstrations of political ignorance.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    Many times procrastination is a preparation.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Harris
        Procrastination is not laziness?

        Hmmmm..

        I guess I'll get around to writing my answer to this tomorrow.

        If I can get my azz outa bed.
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    Cool article. thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author jllagu01
    Procrastination will never get you anywhere. If I never make time or effort to build on my IM, I would still be working on 9-5 job, dreaming about owning my own online biz but never actually achieved anything.
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  • Profile picture of the author CurtisSWN
    Thinking breeds procrastination. Doing breeds success.
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  • Profile picture of the author DeanJames
    "Procrastination is the Thief of Time" - Doesn't matter if people regard it as lazy or not. The fact is while you are procrastinating your life is ebbing away and nothing is changing. Nothing.

    The worst affliction is "Paralysis by Analysis" whereby somebody analyzes every eventuality so hard that they end up in a state of total inaction.
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    • Profile picture of the author Horny Devil
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      Originally Posted by DeanJames View Post

      "Procrastination is the Thief of Time" - Doesn't matter if people regard it as lazy or not. The fact is while you are procrastinating your life is ebbing away and nothing is changing. Nothing.

      The worst affliction is "Paralysis by Analysis" whereby somebody analyzes every eventuality so hard that they end up in a state of total inaction.
      Agreed.

      As in analysing whether procrastination is laziness or not. Does it matter.
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      • Profile picture of the author Philipg68
        Originally Posted by jllagu01 View Post

        Procrastination will never get you anywhere. If I never make time or effort to build on my IM, I would still be working on 9-5 job, dreaming about owning my own online biz but never actually achieved anything.
        Originally Posted by DeanJames View Post

        "Procrastination is the Thief of Time" - Doesn't matter if people regard it as lazy or not. The fact is while you are procrastinating your life is ebbing away and nothing is changing. Nothing.

        The worst affliction is "Paralysis by Analysis" whereby somebody analyzes every eventuality so hard that they end up in a state of total inaction.
        Thanks for your insights it is a matter of staying focussed on what we need to achive, make a list each night of what you want to get done, set your goals and you will be suprised how much more you have in time & $
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  • Profile picture of the author Devin2290
    Procrastination is fear: being scared to try and fail.
    Laziness is just being unmotivated.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jennifer1987
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    I love it.
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  • Profile picture of the author aarthielumalai
    Procrastination might happen because of a number of things, and yes, laziness IS one of the reasons. You just can't bring yourself to do something, because it's too hard, so you put it off. Isn't that the definition of laziness.

    But, procrastination can happen coz of a number of other reasons too. For example, in my case, I was so afraid of failure, not getting it right, being a failure and a hundred of other things, that I put off even starting my business! I know, pathetic right? Trust me, there are a lot of people who are like that.

    So, yeah, procrastination is not just coz of laziness, but laziness very well could be one of the reasons.
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  • Profile picture of the author katequinn1983
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    Cool post. Thanks for sharing it with us!
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  • Profile picture of the author workdfitness
    I don't care what anyone says procrastination is laziness. Its putting off what you know needs to get done and not doing it just because you don't feel like it. Not only if you want to get your dreams robbed from you then continue procrastinating.
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  • Profile picture of the author kayfrank
    Sometimes procrastination is due to feeling overwhelmed and just not knowing where to start.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patbinc
    Wow! Thanks for sharing this, I could see a reflection of myself in some sections of that report! Will read and re-read it again until I find a way out of the web of procrastination. Thanks a heap :-)
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