Degree In Sight

  1. Ignorance: "I didn't know I was supposed to do that." 
  2. Skill deficiency: "I don't know how to do it."  
  3. Apathy (1): "I really don't want to do this."  
  4. Apathy (2): "It really doesn't make any difference if I put this off."  
  5. Apathy (3): "No one really cares whether I do this or not."  
  6. Apathy (4): "I need to be in the mood. I'm not."  
  7. Fixed habits (1): "But I've always done it this way and it's hard to change."  
  8. Fixed habits (2): "I know I can pull this out at the last minute."
  9. Fixed habits (3): "I work better under pressure."
  10. Inertia: "I just can't seem to get started." 
  11. Frail memory: "I just forgot." 
  12. Physical problems: "I couldn't do it; I was sick." 
  13. "Appropriate" delays (1): "I'm just waiting for the best time to do it." 
  14. "Appropriate" delays (2): "I need time to think this through." 
  15. "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.