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I’ll Start… Tomorrow. Are You Procrastinating on Your Self-Care Plan? – Just Got Diagnosed – Founded by Gary McClain, PhD

My take on procrastination is that it’s a way of having control in our lives. We don’t like to be told what to do. We don’t want to do things we don’t like to do. And so, we maintain control by deciding when we will get started on an undesired task. Unfortunately, as in Chad’s case, when I’ll get started can turn into if I’ll get started.

Procrastination is also a way of avoiding failure. After all, if you never get started in the first place, you don’t have to worry about experiencing defeat. So Chad may have had some fear about whether he was really capable of making these changes in his life, and was avoiding putting himself to the test.

And here’s a third reason for procrastination. Human beings get attached to our day-to-day routines, even if they aren’t working that well for us. We like to stay with what’s familiar. Change means stepping into the unknown. What will life be like without our routines and habits? Chad may have had a fear of what his life would be like with his new self-care routine in place, and so may have been procrastinating to avoid the unknown that results from change.

Okay, so what about you? In what areas of your life are you most likely to procrastinate? And a second question. Is your self-care plan one of those areas? Here’s more: