Can Anxiety cause Procrastination?
Anxiety and Low Mood can both result in Procrastination at work.
In this article, I’m going to take a closer look at what Procrastination is, and how to help yourself if you struggle with Anxiety AND procrastination.
Let’s start with Procrastination:
First of all, people mistake procrastination for “laziness”. They talk about it as if it was some nasty character flaw.
But procrastination has nothing to do with being ‘lazy’, especially if it’s caused by anxiety and/or low mood.
People will often use definitions like, “putting off”, “postponing”, “delaying”, “deferring”, “leaving to the last minute” – all of which are valid.
We could say that procrastination is:
“Making a decision for no valid reason to delay or not complete a task or goal you’ve committed too, and instead doing something of lesser importance, despite there being negative consequences to not following through on the original task or goal.”