Some people can do everything they planned in one day and even exceed the quota. The others are sorely short of time, even for extremely important matters. It’s not that people of the first type get up in the morning and get more energetic during the day. They just don’t put things off for later, like people of the second type. But what explains this habit? Is it banal laziness or a learned behavior pattern? Read the answers to all the questions in our article.
A man who constantly puts things off is not always lazy and irresponsible. More often, this behavior is caused by the established behavior pattern — the habit of being lazy — and the person is suffering from it.
In psychology, putting things off is called procrastination. Psychologist N. Milgram, who first studied this phenomenon, identifies 5 types of procrastination: 
The problem of procrastination is much more serious than it seems at first glance. Putting off important tasks starts with one-off delays of tasks for an indefinite period, but over time turns into a learned behavior pattern — a habit is formed. Procrastination can lead to several negative consequences:
The behavior of a typical procrastinator can be described as follows:
The fight against procrastination will not be successful unless the causes of this phenomenon are identified. What makes a person constantly put things off?
If the syndrome of putting things off has transformed a learned behavior pattern, try to change your habits. The recommendations of psychologists will be useful:
A clear daily routine and to-do list for coming days are very useful for procrastinators. It disciplines.
To make the day more efficient, plan things wisely: the most important tasks should go first, other, less urgent ones — after. This approach will teach you how to prioritize and help develop self-control skills.
The fewer distractions around, the faster and more efficient you will complete the project. Create a basic working environment: if possible, turn off the Internet or the sound of notifications on your smartphone, put a hold on phone conversations for some time. Focus on a specific task.
When performing tasks, the procrastinators are often distracted, and then they try to make up for a lost time.
Don’t set yourself up to sit at work till the last breath — it’s a bad motivation. Breaks are necessary. Periodically switch to another activity to “reboot.” Let it be a pleasant walk somewhere outdoors instead of social media.
Healthy perfectionism is useful. But in some cases it’s only a hindrance. The desire to do everything perfectly does not allow for relaxation and enjoyment of the process.
Learn to take it easier. Try not to put yourself into the rigid boundaries of “perfection.”
Tasks not finished in due time cause a sharp sense of guilt that you spend emotional strength on.
Even if you failed to get a grip and complete the task on time again, do not call yourself a loser. A mistake does not mean a defeat. Try once more to build your actions step by step to change the situation. By analyzing the flaws, you can eliminate those aspects that prevent you from working productively.
Putting things off for later is not an illness in itself. However, in some cases, self-management proves to be ineffective. Do not wait until everything would sort itself out, otherwise your daily routine will always be ruled by procrastination and bouts of laziness. Complete the 7Spsy psychological training on behavior modification technology. It is a patented technique based on the theories of I.P. Pavlov, B.F. Skinner, A.A. Ukhtomsky, and others.
The training will help you to change habits and stop being lazy, constantly putting important things off. A healthy behavior mindset that you will master will charge you with self-belief and commitment. Then you will be able to perform even the most complex project without procrastination.
The 7Spsy Behavior Modification Technique training is designed for up to 6 weeks. The remote training format will help to plan your day most effectively and work with psychologists at a convenient time. Experts will answer all questions and advise by phone, e-mail and online chats. You don’t have to inform any of your colleagues that you’re working on it — everything is strictly confidential, your reputation won’t be affected.