What kind of procrastinator are you?

The fact that you are reading this pretty much implies that you are a procrastinator. Nevertheless, according to psychologist Linda Sapadin's (drsapadin.com) book “It's About Time!: The Six Styles of Procrastination and How to Overcome Them” (Penguin Books, 1997), there are 6 different kinds of procrastinators. Which one are you?

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Created By Hayabusa
On Oct 22, 2014

It is time to start a project, one you are interested in. Nevertheless, you have not started yet. Why?

You are late for an important appointment. What was most likely the reason?

What is your priority when someone assigns you a task?

Which of the quotes below matches you the best?

In a group activity, what is the most important for you?

You just heard your favorite artist is coming to town. You:

In your opinion, which of the statements below best describes the reason why you procrastinate?

The Perfectionist

The Perfectionist

You fear whatever you are doing is not good enough. There is always a pinch of something missing. You do things slowly, thoroughly and constantly review your work to make sure everything is as it is supposed to be. Even though you think your job is well done, you cannot feel secure about it and need to go through it over and over again.

Tips to overcome:

• Realize that refining your work not necessarily adds value to it.
• Consider whether the details you are working on are relevant, or if you are doing it to look good to others..
• Set a clear “good enough” point and do not go beyond it.
• Understand that not fulfilling your goal is worse than having a few less than perfect details
• Use a time tracking device or software – Suggestion: www.primaerp.com

A quote for you: “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” ― Ecclesiastes 11:4

The Dreamer

The Dreamer

You are great in envisioning but bad in execution. If you like an idea, you can only see its outcome. You have a problem noticing that, in order to fulfill your dreams, there might be a long and arduous path to follow. You tend to do that to protect yourself from having your expectations shattered. You rather not try to accomplish things than to fail in the process.

Tips to overcome:

• Divide your project into doable simple tasks that do not scare you.
• Stop to consider whether you are not trying to bite off more than you can chew at once.
• Do not give up your dreams, just accept you have to take one step at a time.
• Understand that the smallest tasks can be essential to reach a greater goal.
• Use a time tracking device or software – Suggestion: www.primaerp.com

A quote for you: “Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali

The Worrier

The Worrier

You like to avoid risk and keep finding safe and secure ways to perform your work. You spend a significant amount of your time figuring out how to not fail and ignoring that not fulfilling your goal at all is a major fail. You get stuck when facing an uncomfortable situation and try to work around it instead of through it.

Tips to overcome:

• Focus on the fact that, while you are stuck with your worries of “what if”, nothing is getting done.
• Divide your projects in small tasks and deal with them individually. Same with the problems that arise.
• Remember that avoiding decisions to avoid problems is the main obstacle to reach your objective.
• You will never know whether it works unless you try it
• Use a time tracking device or software – Suggestion: www.primaerp.com

A quote for you: “True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.” – Paul Sweeney

The Defier

The Defier

You feel extremely uncomfortable under the smallest pressure. Demands, either from yourself or others, paralyse you. Once you feel that you are dealing with expectations bigger than those you are ready to receive, you just stop so you do not have to deal with them anymore.

Tips to overcome:

• Try to tell the difference between a request and a demand and remember you can always say no to a request.
• Do not take criticism personally.
• Understand that a request might simply mean someone thinks you are good for the job.
• Ponder whether or not accomplishing things can be more hurtful, than having to abide a few procedures.
• Use a time tracking device or software – Suggestion: www.primaerp.com

A quote for you: “Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.” – Michel Foucault

The Crisis Maker

The Crisis Maker

You tend to believe there is always enough time. Being under pressure is your fuel. Until the deadline approaches, you find dozens of more important or more interesting things to do. You find it hard to feel motivated, even when you're involved in projects you love.

Tips to overcome:

• Realize that the sooner you get done with your obligations, the sooner you can enjoy your free time.
• Understand that you should find the excitement in an activity rather than in the moments before.
• Consider whether those things you need to do before you start are actually necessary
• Remember last time you worked under extreme pressure, it was not that great.
• Use a time tracking device or software – Suggestion: www.primaerp.com

A quote for you: “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone” ― Pablo Picasso

The Over Doer

The Over Doer

You may believe you over-do because you want to be efficient and productive but the truth is, you are indecisive and eager to please. You often commit to multiple and simultaneous projects because you are scared of being left out and being labeled as a failure.

How to overcome:

• Choose your priorities over others more often.
• Understand that often, when people assign tasks to you, it is not because they like your work but because you are the one who will not say no to it.
• Remember nobody can make time go slower, therefore refusing an assignment when you have too many, is not a sign of incompetence.
• Face that taking on too much may end up in you accomplishing too little.
• Use a time tracking device or software – Suggestion: www.primaerp.com

A quote for you: “Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.” – Sun Tzu