CBT Procrastination Worksheet

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What is the theory behind this CBT Procrastination Worksheet?

Procrastination is the habit of intentionally delaying a task that can very well be completed at the time despite knowing the negative effects of doing so. It can be limited to one specific area of one’s life or span over multiple areas. A person with the habit of procrastination may seek to alleviate the discomfort of delaying the task by engaging in other activities or make up excuses to rationalise the delay. 

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet will help clients who are struggling with procrastination of important tasks. They can use this worksheet to note down the taste that they have delayed and evaluate the circumstances that could be possible triggers for the need to procrastinate. This will help them identify what really causes them to procrastinate so that those causes can be addressed in therapy. 

How to use the worksheet?

Instruct the client to write down the tasks that they have been delaying recently. Tell them to write down any special circumstances surrounding the time when they were about to begin the task but decided to delay it instead. Based on the responses, the therapist can then pick out common themes that could help in understanding the causes behind the client’s need to procrastinate. 

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