I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
In building a profitable practice, if you engage in avoidance behavior, you must quickly identify why and the reason behind it. Why do we avoid certain tasks? Do you find yourself dreading a particular task in your life every time you must complete it? Do you often wonder why you avoid that task?
There are several reasons humans avoid completing specific tasks, and the reason why this is can vary from individual to individual.
Reasons We Avoid Certain Tasks
1. You don’t think you’ll have fun.
One of the main reasons people avoid certain tasks is that, when they think about it, they don’t believe that they will have fun completing it. Or maybe they’ve performed the task before and didn’t have fun. Humans generally want to avoid doing things that lead to unhappiness. This is especially true when the task at hand is perceived to be especially difficult or complex.
When you are overly tired, you avoid certain tasks–even if they are tasks you usually have fun doing. This is because you are tired and need to get some rest. If you find yourself avoiding tasks because you feel exhausted, then it’s time to get some rest and try to approach the task again later. It is tough to focus when you are fatigued, which can lead to you becoming distracted as an avoidance tactic for certain tasks.
3. You don’t think you’ll do well.
Fear of failure is another big reason that people will avoid certain tasks. Often, they’re afraid of looking bad or the embarrassment they may experience if they don’t complete the task. This fear of failure is quite common and is one of the easier ones to overcome. It can usually be remedied by working on self-confidence and self-acceptance.
4. Medical conditions.
If no matter what you do, you just find you can’t complete certain task, there may be a medical diagnosis behind your procrastination. Several conditions such as anxiety and depression can lead to the avoidance of certain tasks. Although this may sound bad generally, if the underlying condition is treated, you’ll find that it’s a bit easier to find your motivation to complete tasks.
The reasons on this list may be separate, but they all boil down to a lack of motivation. If you find yourself avoiding a task because of one or two (or more) reasons on this list, you need to realize your lack of motivation. Once you realize this, you can find the cause to motivate yourself much better in the future.
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