Do You Put Things Off, Off, and Off?
Published on March 23, 2011
Most of us procrastinate at times; usually to avoid a mundane task we really don't want not do, therefore we hastily make up excuses to do something else. Others have become "procrastinating" wizards, able to postpone virtually any boring or burdensome chore with the flick of a wrist. Up to 75% of all college students freely admit that they are closet procrastinators. There is hope for overcoming this academic and career killing habit. Successful treatment can move persistent avoidance from a major life impacting issue to a more tolerable annoying pastime. Procrastinators are motivated to change, because the pesky habit makes it almost impossible for them to succeed academically or professionally. They are willing to begin—tomorrow.
Procrastination is something best put off until tomorrow -- Gerald Vaughan
Individuals procrastinate for many reasons, including perfectionism, lack of motivation, fearfulness, and impulsiveness. Perfectionists want to be—well, --perfect, therefore they may avoid tasks for fear of failing. Motivation is tied to many things, including physical, social and emotional wellness. If we are not motivated, every task we attempt seems as daunting as trudging up a precipitous slope in a blinding blizzard. Impulsivity is different; it goes for the gusto de jour and ignores the current task. Fear threatens self-confidence and optimism. Whatever the precipitating factor, perfectionism, impulsivity, fearfulness or lack of motivation--the job doesn't get done.
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