I have written about procrastination here before, but it is such a natural part of our lives, I figured it could use a little extra attention.
Now, before you get all defensive, shrug your shoulders and say to yourself, “I’m not a procrastinator!” while dragging your mouse to the X on the top-right of this page, take a quick look at the amusing post below, and see if you could see yourself in any of the vignettes. I saw this on Facebook this morning (not that I was procrastinating or anything), recognized myself in one or two or three vignettes, and could not help but smile.
I honestly think that a certain amount of procrastination, like anything else in moderation, is healthy and necessary. How else would the Cleaner-type manage to routinely tidy the apartment or even get to those daunting tasks like cleaning the windows (reserved for those days where you would rather do aaaaanything but your work)? How else would the Snacker keep well-fed, and how would the Social Sharer keep in touch with all those faraway friends scattered across the globe? To a certain extent, procrastination is the art of temporarily prioritizing different things, isn’t it?! Things that need to get done, anyway, at some point in our day. Given that our work schedules are fairly flexible, we can find ourselves relaxing or cleaning instead of working (as long as we work later on, instead of relaxing, right?).
Sometimes, procrastinating may just be a harmless sign that something is not as important as something else (including your well-being). Often times, however, it can be a lazy “easy way out” of difficult tasks, and a tricky habit to break, causing serious delays and, eventually, confidence problems as you struggle to get back on track.
So, now that you know what kind of Procrastinator you are, you know what signs and symptoms to look for! When it becomes a bad habit, try to overcome it by changing your strategy. I’ve written about some tips in a previous post, but feel free to share some of your own as well. I am sure Procrastinators of all types will find it helpful!