Procrastination….it’s the word we don’t like to use to identify the times we feel less than productive or just plain lazy. I often feel like I should be attending PA (Procrastinator’s Anonymous) or something. Can you imagine how empty those seats would be because we’d put off going! LOL
Here’s the simplest definition of the word:
…the action of delaying or postponing something.
Doesn’t sound like much of a big deal, eh? We’ve all delayed something at one time or another. But not until it becomes habitual do we have problems.
In an article I read recently questioning the existence of “good and bad procrastination,” I tend to think there’s an art to this phenomenon!
Good and Bad Procrastination…Is there such a thing?
So in the article I referenced above, Paul Graham postulates that procrastination isn’t always bad and even describes three (3) variants of procrastination [depending on what you do instead of working on something] as follows:
“You could work on (a) nothing, (b) something less important, or (c) something more important. That last type, I’d argue, is good procrastination.” Paul Graham
Graham also concludes that though there are millions of articles that talk about how to cure procrastination (okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit but I had 920K results myself….do a Google search and see how many results come up for you!), it’s impossible to do so!
Think about it. There is always something we could be doing. The question becomes, how do we procrastinate well instead of trying to find a cure. 🙂
6 Types of Procrastinators (by character)
Now let’s have some fun and figure out what type of procrastinator you are what the general consensus is as to how to deal with it properly. Don’t be alarmed when you see yourself in multiple categories! 🙂
By the way, if you need help with this first one, check out my Escape Perfectionism series!
Image credits goes to the wonderful site, Addicted2Success. Bookmark this site because it’s awesome!
Type of Procrastination (by action)
This infographic is right on point and I pretty much found myself in ALL of them!! LOL 😀
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Over to you…
What type of procrastinator did you find yourself to be? How do you deal with it? Don’t be shy; share below!
Also, head on over to Perfectionism & Procrastination…2 Words That Kill Success and Stages of Procrastination for further reading.