What is Procrastination?
Have you ever experienced a scenario where you had to finish a project or complete an assignment by a certain deadline and even though you had every intention to do it, you found yourself getting distracted by many other things (watching TV, surfing the Internet, talking on the phone, etc.) instead? Are you someone who always leaves things to the last minute and often missing deadlines because of it? Are you just avoiding things you don’t want to do until the last minute because you don’t want to deal with them?
If any of these situations sound familiar, you are probably someone who procrastinates. Procrastination can be the result of uncomfortable emotions such as anxiety, anger, guilt, or depression. If these feelings come up when trying to complete a task, you can easily find yourself distracted by things that make you feel better. Sometimes you may also procrastinate because you want the outcome to be perfect and put tremendous pressure on yourself. Whatever the underlying cause, you can learn how to act in line with your goals and values despite the need to procrastinate. The more your step outside your comfort zone and the more you practice, the easier it will become.
The good news is, we can help. New York Behavioral Health professionals use evidence-based practices. Since we use scientifically supported treatments for procrastination, there is good reason to believe your (or your loved one's) symptoms can begin to improve very soon.
How Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Can Help with Procrastination
Cognitive Behavior Therapy has been proven effective in the treatment of procrastination. In therapy, you can learn how to identify your goals and values and choose your behaviors to be in line with them. CBT can also help you figure out the underlying reasons for your procrastination and develop effective strategies to achieve your goals.
Warm, caring, professionals can offer CBT in a comfortable setting at New York Behavioral Health, which is conveniently located on Lexington Avenue at 42nd Street. Our compassionate staff have been extensively trained in scientifically supported techniques to efficiently reduce your suffering and begin to get you living the life you want. We know it is not easy to get started, but we can help to begin to reduce your suffering. For information about grief therapy, please email or call New York Behavioral Health, and a staff member will be there to answer your questions. Your privacy and comfort are a priority, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about procrastination and its treatment.
Procrastination is conceptualized as behavior, or more accurately the absence of behavior. Even though it is characterized by inaction, it is related to many thoughts and emotions, including anxiety, guilt, and frustration. Procrastination has many causes and each case has to be carefully assessed and treated, but there is hope. Often times beliefs about the quality of the work, the amount of effort required, or my own ability to do things interfere with the actual doing by raising our anxiety. It is important to properly assess and treat procrastination, since it results in excessive work and intense emotional and cognitive turmoil. Learning how to change or behave regardless of these beliefs, can decrease anxiety or allow us to sidestep it, which in the long-term results in much less anxiety and more productivity. Each improvement in efficiency helps raise our sense of efficacy, making the next time a little easier.