“Underlying unmet needs are the motivators for the actions we take.” Tamara Laporte talks about shame and guilt, and how these emotions are harmful instead of helpful. She’s not talking about procrastination, but all procrastinators know something about shame and guilt. Usually more than they care for.
Low self esteem is a well known contributor to procrastination. It makes people believe they can’t do something, or fear that doing something will be hard. They underestimate their capacities, and avoid activities. Procrastination contributes to their low self esteem, so there’s a vicious circle happening.
I’m sharing Tamara’s video here, because I know her work can help. This video is part of her Self love TV on YouTube. If you like her style (I do!) she runs a free online course called Art and Healing where you can do deep work in a fun way.
So if Tamara is right and underlying unmet needs are the motivators for the actions we take, what’s your underlying motive for procrastinating on a specific task? Ponder on it for a while and see what comes up for you. Knowing the real reason why might help you make changes!