The Daily Challenge: What type of procrastinator are you?


Identifying what type of procrastinator you are can help you combat the tendency. 

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Procrastination comes from the Latin pro, meaning “forward, forth, or in favor of”, and crastinus, meaning “of tomorrow” (source). To procrastinate is “to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done”.

At one time or another, most of us will procrastinate - about 20% of us do it regularly.

Temporal Motivation Theory suggests that “we are more likely to pursue goals or tasks that are pleasurable and that we are likely to attain. Consequently, we are more likely to put off, to procrastinate, difficult tasks with unenjoyable qualities.

In other words, when we need to do something we expect to be difficult, challenging or generally unpleasant, we put it off because in the moment, that feels more satisfying and pleasurable.

Why a specific task feels difficult or unpleasant and the way in which we put off doing these tasks differ from individual to individual.

Solutions to help you stop procrastinating and increase productivity will depend on the kind of procrastinator you are.

Follow the steps below to help you identify how to combat procrastination.

Step 1: Identify the type of procrastinator you are. Consider the types described below and what type of solutions could work for the category you identify most with. Typologies of Procrastination:

  • The Thrill Seekers: Enjoy the rush of just barely finishing a task on time

  • The Avoiders: End up waiting because of fear of disapproval or failure

  • The Undecided: Have trouble making decisions and sticking with them

  • The Impulsive: Have low self-discipline and are easily distracted

Step 2: Consider how procrastination impacts you.How does your habit impact your work, your flow, your feelings, etc.? What are the underlying reasons for it?

Step 3: Identify 3 ways to counteract your habit.If you are an "Avoider" what could you do to mitigate your fear of failure? If you are an "Impulsive", what could you do to add outer accountability to help you stay focused and on target? 

Pro Tip: Procrastination is a habit. Breaking old habits and forming new ones takes time and patients. Some experts suggest it takes at least 21 days

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