Why Do We Procrastinate?

Lukas Schwekendiek
5 min readDec 8, 2023
Photo by Chen Mizrach on Unsplash

We procrastinate because we love it!

I mean, what’s not to love?

Instead of doing the hard work we get to lie there, not worrying about anything, blasting ourselves with entertainment, and, if we’re honest, most of us would do what we do when we procrastinate all day every day if it paid the bills.

It’s just so easy and comfortable to be lazy.

Our minds even rewards us for it.

By avoiding the negatives of putting in effort we are getting rid of a negative, which leads to negative reinforcement, but we also positive reinforcement of doing something we enjoy.

In this way we condition ourselves exponentially to be procrastinators.

Add to that the evolutionary benefits of storing up calories through laziness and avoiding danger through avoiding risks or hard work, and our minds suddenly have a hugely reinforced network of reasons to procrastinate, with very little that goes against it.

If we procrastinate we get rewarded, if we work we add a negative to our lives, and whenever we are lazy we are safe.

At least, that’s what our minds still think and why they want us not to lift a finger.

This means, if we want to stop procrastinating we have to go against our minds, our conditioning and our evolution.

We must go beyond reason.

We have to get so serious about not procrastinating, so that the reasons we do have won’t play a role anymore.

There can be no option.

There can be no alternative.

Our mind is phenomenal at coming up with excuses that sound like valid reasons for not doing anything, just to keep us in this lazy state.

It’s so phenomenal at it that the excuses sound totally reasonable and are almost always accepted without a second thought.

Example: Of course you should not go to the gym when your leg hurts every time you take a step and of course you should not work a full 8 hours when your migraine is killing you.

This is such an honest reason that you probably cannot see any way this reason could be questioned or an excuse.

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Lukas Schwekendiek

Life Coach, Speaker, Writer. Published on TIME, Inc & Huffington Post.