Four Reasons for Procrastination 1) Perfectionism, which can create frustration and a reluctance to start projects for fear that they won't be perfect. 2) Anger/hostility. If a person is unhappy with a boss or professor they may delay progress or withhold their own best efforts as a way of "getting even." 3) Low frustration tolerance. If someone is overwhelmed by a project, they may feel that it's reasonable to put it off for awhile until your frustration subsides. 4) Self-deprication, or putting down one's own skills, abilities, and accomplishments. If someone does this repeatedly, he or she may eventually come to believe that they are incapable of completing projects and thus put them off.