Female office worker procrastinating at her desk looking disengaged


Did you know that 15%-20% of adults are chronically affected by procrastination?

We tend to procrastinate when our goals are vague or ill-defined. Creating clear goals and formulating a plan on how to achieve them can help curb the procrastination cycle.


Here are the most common tropes procrastinators tend to follow and how to combat them:


    1. Being overly optimistic or pessimistic can affect how you feel about your goals and how to achieve them. By being realistic about your goals, consider what stands in your way and think about what you’ll do to overcome that, bring your goals back down to earth.
    2. A disconnection between your future self and your current self means you do not see the benefits now that will help change in the long term. To help this, you need to visualise yourself in the future and follow the plans you have set above to get you there.
    3. Sometimes our fear or anxiety over doing something new causes us to avoid the task and procrastinate further. Your brain likes to be in the comfort zone. Making the task safe by familiarising yourself with it; easing the anxiety around it makes it achievable.
    4. Holding yourself to a high standard can negatively affect how you approach a task. There is no such thing as perfect; getting things wrong lets us learn from our mistakes and get things right the next time – perfection is an illusion.
    5. Self-sabotage is a subconscious act relating to a learned behaviour from childhood and can seriously affect your ability to do your job and complete your tasks efficiently. Delving into what causes self-sabotage and understanding it can allow you to reframe your subconscious ideas of yourself, adopting a healthier response to the task at hand.


How do you combat procrastination? Neoskill provides bespoke training in power skills and how to defeat procrastination and become more productive. To find out more, contact us at 0845 123 6973 / [email protected]