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"Procrastination is a complex psychological behavior that affects everyone to some degree or another. With some it can be a minor problem; with others it is a source of considerable stress and anxiety. Procrastination is only remotely related to time management, (procrastinators often know exactly what they should be doing, even if they cannot do it), which is why very detailed schedules usually are no help...

The procrastinator is often remarkably optimistic about his ability to complete a task on a tight deadline...The procrastinator may struggle with feelings of low self-confidence and low self-esteem...Procrastination may be used to call attention to how busy he is...Procrastination may be used as an expression of stubbornness or pride...Procrastination may be used to control or manipulate the behavior of others...Procrastination is often truly difficult to eradicate since the delay behavior has become a method of coping with day-to-day pressures and experiences...The procrastinator often feels like a victim...The reasons for his behavior are hidden from him...

Steps to the Cure

1. Realize you are delaying something unnecessarily.
2. Discover the real reasons for your delay. List them.
3. Dispute those real reasons and overcome them. Be vigorous.
4. Begin the task..."

Read more in this excellent summary from Cal Poly.