Procrastination is very commonly seen nowadays no matter in school or at work. Whenever I procrastinated, I would blame myself for not having good time management skills, for being reluctant to take the first step and the negative emotion continued to go on.
However, from an article that I recently read, procrastination is more than just about time management or fear of stepping forward. Many people who tend to procrastinate are actually perfectionists and the reason that they don’t start to work on the project right away is that they want everything to be perfect. Such strong pursuit of perfectionism unexpectedly inhibits us from moving forward because we are unwilling to see any flaw in our work. We are too overwhelmed and therefore we stop from the beginning.
Such situation may be more severe for people who lack confidence in themselves. Lack of confidence may cause them to rely on others’ acknowledgment or recognition of their work for them to consider they’ve done a good job. As a result, they force themselves to be perfect and then become too overwhelmed and then procrastinate instead.
Of course, time management is very important as a medical professional because we are multi-tasking on a daily basis. However, it really helps if we realize that there are other causes of procrastination and we can fix those that are fixable. After reading that article, I’m resolving to be more confident and not to stress myself out being a perfectionist. I can start my work right away, it may not be perfect, but I can fix it if I start the work early enough rather than waiting until the last minute when I will not have the chance to fix it anymore.