Basic Procrastination Triggers

“Procrastination researchers have identified six “triggers” that contribute the most to making us procrastinate on a task.” (Frank)

  1. The task is boring.
  2. The task is difficult.
  3. The task is frustrating.
  4. The task is ambiguous or unstructured.
  5. The task lacks personal meaning for you.
  6. The task lacks intrinsic reward for you. 

The more triggers a task has, the more likely you are to procrastinate doing it. 

What can you do?

  1. Pinpoint exactly why you are procrastinating. 
  2. Use that information to create a solution. 
  • A boring task may be less boring if done in an environment you like (maybe a coffee shop) or if you recruit a friend to join you. 
  • A challenging, ambiguous task may be less overwhelming when you break it into smaller, well-defined action steps or sub-tasks. 

If you want more tips on how to turn your own procrastination triggers into manageable tasks, meet with a peer coach


Adapted from Thomas Frank's Blog 


Rachel Fox
Peer Coach
Class of 2019