Procrastination - Why Do We Do It?

"Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday" ~ Don Marquis, US Humorist

Why Do We Procrastinate?

Listed below are some common reasons people procrastinate. 

  • Overwhelming
  • Unpleasant
  • Like the Rush of Meeting a Deadline
  • Payoff is too far away
  • Might go away
  • Perfectionism
  • Fear

Let's think about it in terms of  you and your child care business then it will be easier for us to consider the solutions for each problem.

Overwhelming: It is just way to big a project to create a new lesson plan for 2 different age groups of kids.  It will take too long and by the time I create the plans for both, one of the age groups will probably leave my care.

Unpleasant: I have a parent that constantly disregards my child care rules and therefore my home rules but to confront them is going to be such an unpleasant experience.  I am just not in the mood for it today, I will do it tomorrow.

Rush of Meeting a Deadline: You wait until the very last day to submit your paperwork/electronic claims and menus for the food program.  You love that pressure of intense deadlines, kinda like cramming for that final in high school!

Payoff is too far away: There is no reason for me to enter my receipts into my record keeping software right now, its January.  It's just not worth my time right now.

Might go away:  Maybe if I don't confront those parents that ignore my child care rules they will stop coming or they will just begin following them.  I'll just wait a couple more weeks.

Perfectionism: I am almost done with creating the perfect lesson plan!  It just needs one more activity. Oh no, wait, maybe I should replace the food activity with the colors activity.  I can't use this in this condition.  It's not quite perfect...

Fear of Success:  What if I create the best recipe and the kids love it so much that they want another one just as good?  And then I can't think of anything but that one great recipe.  I can't handle that pressure this month.

Fear of Failure: What if I create a recipe for the kids and they all hate it?!  Then what will I serve them for dinner?  It's just not worth it to try this week, maybe next week.

These are some of the reasons you might be procrastinating!  Click here for suggestions to overcome it!

Resource:  Temme, J. (1993). Productivity Power:250 Great Ideas for Being More Productive. Mission: SkillPath Publications.


Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building