Procrastination is defined as the action of delaying or postponing something. Often the term procrastination or procrastinator gets a bad wrap because it is frequently associated with someone who does not finish their work in a timely manner. This can be a real problem for that person and their career can suffer severely due to procrastination. Often procrastination is brought on when a person does not understand the task or do not feel engaged by the work. Procrastination may also occur when someone does not feel motivated or has lack of direction. To avoid procrastination, they will need to overcome these challenges they may be undergoing.
If you do not understand your work or have a lack of direction, then seek to understand the work. Take a step back and create your own direction, so you can take steps to complete the task. If you are still having an issue, seek help from a manager or peer. Similar to school, in your career you should constantly be learning new things and this can be difficult. These struggles are normal, but can lead to satisfying results.
If you do not feel motivated by your work and need to get the work done, then you are going to either find motivation in what you do or just simply push through it. The motivation could be just finishing the task itself, so you do not need to think about it anymore. It is always great to have motivation and feel engaged in your work, but there are times when this is simply not possible.
There are times you may need to delay your work to gather additional information, so you can make a better decision. I would not classify this as procrastination because you are still working towards your goal to finish your project. It is actually smart to gather as much information as possible to make the best decisions you can. It is important to do this with speed. It is also important to make decisions and hold yourself accountable. Try and avoid procrastination at all costs because it is never good to be known as the procrastinator.