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Procrastination

Now there’s a word I am all too familiar with – procrastination. How did it get the ‘pro’ prefix, eh? At a minimum it should start with ‘dis’ or ‘un’ or something diminishing.
Anyway, I found this article from Psychology Today interesting and a personal kick in the pants. (I am sooo far behind on some projects.)
Procrastination: Ten Things To Know: Is your procrastination hindering you?
By:Hara Estroff Marano
Here are some nuggets to encourage you to read the whole thing (it’s short).
1. “Twenty percent of people identify themselves as chronic procrastinators. For them procrastination is a lifestyle”.
2. “We don’t call people on their excuses (“my grandmother died last week”) even when we don’t believe them.”
3. “Telling someone who procrastinates to buy a weekly planner is like telling someone with chronic depression to just cheer up,”
4. “Procrastinators are made not born. Procrastination is learned in the family milieu.”
5. “Procrastination predicts higher levels of consumption of alcohol among those people who drink.”
6. “Procrastinators tell lies to themselves such as “I work best under pressure.”
7. “Procrastinators actively look for distractions, particularly ones that don’t take a lot of commitment on their part.”
8. “People procrastinate for different reasons.” The three basic types of procrastinators are
arousal ttype or thrill seekers; avoiders (avoiding fear of failure or fear of success); and
decisional procrastinators, who cannot make a decision.
9. “There are big costs to procrastination. Health is just one.”
10. “Procrastination destroys teamwork in the workplace and private relationships.”
Sound familiar? Anyone you know?
This article asserts that procrastinators can change their behavior. I hope so. See you in therapy!
LifeHacker has a list of useful anti-procrastination productivity suggestions here.
Stephen

Posted on: July 10, 2007, 4:35 pm Category: Uncategorized