You’ve probably seen yourself doing that familiar mouse dance on a blank computer screen while endlessly scrolling your emails to avoid beginning a project. An odd mix of guilt and frustration follows you, an unwelcome shadow on a bright summer’s day. You wonder, am I just being lazy?
This is a scenario we’ve all been in, nudged by a mischievous accomplice known as procrastination. Procrastination, which is often misunderstood, is a deliberate decision to delay what we need to do, even when the delay could cost us. We know that report is unread, or that word document is blank, but we still choose to ignore it. It’s a kind of self-sabotage, one that has us prioritizing today’s comfort over tomorrow’s gain.
But let’s not confuse procrastination with laziness. Laziness is a reluctance to act or put in any effort, even when we’re fully capable. It’s like having the ingredients and the recipe to make a dish, but choosing to stay on the couch because, well, it’s too much work.
We will explore the differences between procrastination, and laziness in this article. Are they really distinct or are they just two sides of one coin?
Procrastination vs Laziness
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