Procrastination and Emotions

February 18 2020

Let’s explore procrastination and emotions!


As an educator you see may procrastination as an everyday issue in students or even in yourself. Let’s explore the emotional struggle we all face when engaging in such behavior. According to Joseph Ferrari, a psychology professor at DePaul University in Chicago, “Everyone procrastinates, but not everyone is a procrastinator.”. It is not uncommon to engage in outside counseling to specifically work on procrastination. It can be helpful. Procrastination can be an emotional struggle, and not focusing only on a time management problem. An emotional trigger can impact a certain behavior such as fear of failure, frustration, self-doubt, and anxiousness. It can be considered an avoidance strategy.


Reach Success!


  • Turn large tasks into smaller real and obtainable ones to increase self-motivation as you complete them.
  • Self-identify the specific action you will take to meet the desired goal; written plan works best.
  • Engage in a focus of what will get done instead of what you think you won’t be able to complete.
  • Develop self- management plan of consequences and rewards for the short goals to increase emotional satisfaction.


It can also be helpful to practice self-compassion; it is noted that it can decrease future procrastination on the next task. “Self-forgiveness allows people to move past the maladaptive behavior and not be burdened by the guilt of their past actions”. As a teacher, share with students’ ways to reach success when engaging in procrastination or as an added support implement rewards within your classroom.

Learn more about the management or improvement of procrastination through counseling approaches or self-established goals. 

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