Why do you procrastinate?
Procrastination doesn’t only mean missing deadlines and abandoning tasks. Many chronic procrastinators meet deadlines by completing work at the eleventh hour, but fail to achieve their full potential by rushing the project. It’s important to understand why you leave tasks until the last possible minute in order to avoid this. What type of procrastinator are you?
If you’re a thrill-seeker, then you procrastinate because you actually get a rush from completing things last minute. You might thrive under pressure, but are you creating your best work by limiting the time you spend on projects?
The Avoider is almost always too focused on what others might think. Running away from fear of failure or sometimes even fear of success, Avoiders would much rather have others think that they lack effort rather than ability. Does “I wasn’t even trying” sound familiar?
The Indecisive Procrastinator
The Indecisive Procrastinator simply can’t make a decision. This type of procrastinator runs away from responsibility, thinking that if they don’t decide, then they can’t be blamed for the outcome of things.
Perfectionists set such high standards that they become overwhelmed. Because they can’t do something perfectly, then nothing gets done at all. Cue cycle of anxiety and shame.
The Busy Procrastinator
Busy procrastinators are just too busy to actually get down to the bottom of their to-do list. Everything seems equally important and they can’t decide what to do first. Choosing only one task would mean that the others won’t get done, and just like in the case of The Perfectionist, nothing gets done. What this type of procrastinator needs is a big dose of prioritizing.
Which procrastinator are you?