Procrastination, exactly what does it mean?  According to dictionary.com it means to defer action or delay.  Most successful people describe procrastinators as lazy, unmotivated, or lacking drive.  All chronic procrastinators have heard statements like, “Just have it done” or “What’s taking you so long”.  It seems like such a simple fix.  Just get off your butt and do what you’re supposed to be doing, RIGHT?  Well, for some individuals it’s not that easy.

Studies have shown that there are underlying conditions that cause individual to procrastinate.  According to Dr. Linda Sapadin’s book It’s About Time, there are six procrastination styles.  They are: The Perfectionist, The Crisis-Maker, The Dreamer, The Defier, The Worrier and The Overdoer.  Some may only be one style, while others may be a combination of more than one.  These individuals have a tough time dealing with their issues.  Once the procrastination becomes chronic, they are labeled as lazy or uninterested.  When in reality this may not be the case.  The individual (whether he/she is a family member, employee, etc) may be quietly seeking help.  Procrastination can be a sign that a person is suffering from a mental health problem such as depression or ADHD.

Many people may choose to use medication or therapy to deal with procrastination, while others have decided to correct the problem themselves.  The internet is full of useful tools that help people deal with procrastination.  Most procrastinators know that they have a problem and understand that it’s up to them to correct it.  The sooner the problem is corrected, the sooner they can begin maximizing their full potential.  To start dealing with stress, here are a few popular quotes.

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

“You may delay, but time will not.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

“He who hesitates is a damned fool.”

– Mae West

“Today’s greatest labor-saving device is tomorrow”

-Woodrow T. Wilson

“There is nothing so fatal to character as half finished tasks.”

-David Lloyd George

Remember that to have a good chance of conquering procrastination, you to first realize that you’re doing it. Then, you need to identify why you’re procrastinating and take the appropriate steps to overcome the block.

Part of the solution is to develop good time management, organizational and personal effectiveness habits. Create jot lists or to do lists. Become a master of scheduling and prioritizing.

by: Gminski Stubbs

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