Procrastination is characterized by the lack of motivation to engage in a task. You know you need to do something, but you choose not to do it. Why?
This is not a time management problem. You don’t deal with procrastination by having more to-do lists or subscribing to the latest and greatest tales from the productivity myth.
Procrastination is an emotional problem. We are afraid of the pain that will come when we do what we actually need to be doing. We are afraid of change and failure. This is why we turn to easier things, such as doing the laundry, changing the bedsheets, or calling a relative. We save ourselves from feeling useless, but we are also spared from the pain of moving forward.
This perspective allows us to feel compassion for ourselves and push ahead at our own pace, free from unrealistic expectations.