By Max Palmer
I remember waking-up one beautiful Monday morning and just thinking that it was a good day to do nothing. Of course, by the time afternoon approached, I was feeling pretty guilty about vegging out all day. Was it because I was lazy or just lacking motivation that day? Several people were so kind as to mention that my procrastination was in fact laziness. And, to be honest, sometimes that’s the truth. After all, we all need a day of laziness to recharge the batteries. But it is a mistake to confuse lack of motivation with laziness or procrastination. Heres’ why you don’t confuse a lack of motivation with laziness.
As Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. explains in Psychology Today;
Procrastination and laziness share key attributes such as the reluctance to act and a lack of strong motivation in dictionary definitions.
I think they probably also share a lot similarities psychologically in terms of personality traits (low conscientiousness), emotional regulation (often “giving in to feel good”) and avoidance as a preferred coping strategy.
What I do think we mean when we say “procrastinators are just lazy” is that procrastination carries with it strong moral connotations; connotations that have their roots in the notion of the sin of sloth.
These connotations were well established in early psychology as reflected in William James’ notion of the “obstructed will,” as presented in his foundational, two-volume Principles of Psychology.
In fact, when we actually dive deeper into this, you’ll actually find that there are different aspects of our psyche that can explain the differences between laziness, procrastination, and a lack of motivation.
The difference between laziness, procrastination, and lack of motivation.
“There are many parts to us all. These parts are what makes us who we are based on our experiences, our associations to these experiences, what importance they play in our lives, our understanding of them, and whether we have accepted them to be true,” writes Giovanni Lordi in Mind Motivations.
“All of these factors combined create our opinions, points of view, beliefs and perceptions. In turn this creates our conscious circumstance which is basically the result of millions of pieces of data in the subconscious which molds who we are.”
Lack of motivation, lack of passion.
Lordi adds that, “a lack of motivation is essentially connected to a lack of passion. Passion is something that inspires us towards a goal or vision which we look forward to achieving or having in our life. This fuels the search for self-satisfaction.”
Unfortunately, we can lose that passion when surrounded by negativity or failing to meet our expectations. Eventually that passion that was raging inside of you becomes extinguished. As a result, we’re no longer motivated to pursue that passion.
Procrastination — fear within the decision making processes.
Procrastination, on the other hand, is tied to our decision making process. “This is attached to a fear of making the wrong decision which has consequences like not meeting the expectations of others or ourselves. From this stems our belief systems which …read more
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