Degree In Sight
- Ignorance: "I didn't know I was supposed to do that."
- Skill deficiency: "I don't know how to do it."
- Apathy (1): "I really don't want to do this."
- Apathy (2): "It really doesn't make any difference if I put this off."
- Apathy (3): "No one really cares whether I do this or not."
- Apathy (4): "I need to be in the mood. I'm not."
- Fixed habits (1): "But I've always done it this way and it's hard to change."
- Fixed habits (2): "I know I can pull this out at the last minute."
- Fixed habits (3): "I work better under pressure."
- Inertia: "I just can't seem to get started."
- Frail memory: "I just forgot."
- Physical problems: "I couldn't do it; I was sick."
- "Appropriate" delays (1): "I'm just waiting for the best time to do it."
- "Appropriate" delays (2): "I need time to think this through."
- "Appropriate" delays (3): "This other opportunity will never come again, so I can't pass it up."
Source: Tuckman, B.W., Abry, D.A, & Smith, D.R. (2008). Learning and Motivation Strategies: Your Guide to Success (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.