Procrastination is a bad habit that is formed by putting off something for the next day. One of the main causes of procrastination is the lack of motivation to carry out the task. In the case of writing a dissertation lack of motivation occurs because there is too much work to do.
Most importantly there is one main goal to meet; to submit the dissertation by the end of the year. This year long task makes you put it off even more for the last minute, even though you probably know you won't be able to accomplish it in the last minute. Because finding the root cause of procrastination will help in fighting it we present 3 main reasons why you procrastinate when writing your Dissertation:
You feel you Have-to-do the dissertation:
If you feel this way you will put it off more. If you think of it as a way to spend your time doing something worthwhile you may just adjust to it. So think of it more simply. You are spending your time wisely by wanting to write a dissertation and that you do not 'have to do' it.
Lack of ideas makes you procrastinate:
If you feel you have written down all your ideas but not written enough, then maybe you haven't collected enough ideas. So go out for a walk around the neighbourhood and think about your dissertation. Don't forget to brainstorm once ideas start pouring in.
Stress from being a perfectionist leads to procrastination
As you are a perfectionist, you want your dissertation to be perfect right from the start. Carrying out everything perfectly from the beginning is difficult and soon your brain will associate stress with the dissertation and will try to avoid it, most often by postponing it.
One Bonus Tip: Grab a timer and give yourself little time to complete a task. You will notice that you won't lazy around and you will get more done in less time. Following these practical tips religiously will defeat procrastination and get you working hard on your dissertation.