Is it Procrastination or ADHD?


Listens: 0

Awaken Beauty Podcast


Let's be honest...we all procrastinate and find it hard to find motivation to a mundane project or day to day ""tasks" we put off long, complex or boring tasks. What is procrastination?Procrastination is the delaying or postponing of the beginning or completion of tasks. This can happen even when the person knows that the consequences of this will lead to unpleasant or negative consequences.Procrastination is also known as a short-term mood repair. The discomfort we feel about a task is so strong that we naturally want to avoid our in-the-moment negative feeling.Putting off a task gives us immediate relief so, essentially, we then feel rewarded for.Procrastination Costs More Than Just ProductivityThere are some pretty big costs resulting from procrastination: It is internally troubling, it can lead to problems with insomnia, our immune system, and gastrointestinal disturbances. It puts us in a state of chronic stress, low life satisfaction, and poor health behaviors. Chronic stress can lead to depression, anxiety, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Procrastination can also erode personal relationships and job performance in the workplace. Overall, procrastinating has pretty destructive effects on our mental and physical health and well-being.Is procrastination a sign of ADHD?Fact: Nearly everyone procrastinates at times, particularly for very difficult or uninteresting tasks. Approximately 20% of people are chronic procrastinators - there are many people without ADHD who procrastinate.It’s all in the Exectutive Brain, and lack thereof. People with ADHD who lack critical executive functioning skills (the ability to memorize and retain information) are more likely to procrastinate.  How does procrastination differ between people with and without ADHD and why do people with ADHD procrastinate?There are many reasons why people may procrastinate. The reasons can range from a fear of failure, perfectionism, feelings of depression, task aversion and executive functioning deficits. Deficits in executive functioning are the most common reason why people with ADHD have difficulty with procrastination. To complete a task, especially one that needs to be done over time, such as a long report or project, there are many skills that are needed to do this that revolve around these executive functions.