3 types of procrastinators.
I guess it’s a form of false consensus error
when I say that everybody procrastinates.
We put off tasks that are due tomorrow
and in place of these we do other tasks
that do not require the same amount of urgency.
It’s nothing new,
but most of us have always considered
the face value of the reaction.
Let’s face it.
Most of us avoid every task for the same reason.
Taking action will cause us a certain amount of pain.
Procrastinators sabotage themselves.
They put obstacles in their own path.
20 percent of people identify themselves as chronic procrastinators.
For them, procrastination is a lifestyle,
albeit a maladaptive one.
Maybe to a certain point,
procrastination can be an example of poor coping mechanism.
It represents a problem of self-regulation.
Procrastinators are made, not born.
It destroys teamwork in a workplace and in private relationships.
Josef Ferrari博士 德保罗大学的副教授
Dr. Josef Ferrari, associate professor of psychology at the DePaul University in Chicago,
与Timothy Pechell博士 卡罗尔顿大学的副教授
and Dr Timothy Pechell, associate professor of psychology at Carrollton University,
are two of the world’s leading experts on procrastination.
And in one article they have been interviewed.
Telling someone who procrastinates to buy a planner
is like telling someone with a chronic depression to just cheer up.
Dr Ferrari insists they have cited that
there are more one type of procrastinators.
Dr Ferrari identifies 3 basic types of procrastinators.
There’s the arousal type of thrill-seekers,
the ones who wait for the last minute to execute the task.
They get some sort of euphoric rush
whenever they are faced with a certain amount of pressure.
And that for them enough of a reason to postpone the task.
Avoiders are the type of people who fear the consequences of their action
whether be success or failure of the given task,
but in either case are very concerned with what others think of them.
They would rather have others think they lack effort than ability.
Avoiders may have the following reasons of procrastination.
Skill deficits are one of the most basic reasons for procrastination.
If you lack the skills to complete certain tasks,
it’s only natural for you to avoid them.
Lack of interest is another key point in procrastination.
If the stuff is too boring for the person,
he or she may avoid the topic.
The lack of motivation is the most common reason given
for not attending to an unpleasant task.
And last but not least, desicional procrastinators.
These are the type of people who have difficulty making a decision.
Not making decisions absolves procrastinators of responsibility for the outcome of events.
There is one main reason why people
are having difficulty in making decisions,
Most of the time,
they’re afraid of the outcome of their decisions.
Some theorize that it’s either to
fear of failure or the fear of success.
For some, it’s better to say
“If I had only some more time, I would have done better.”
than saying “I’ve given it my best
and I’m still failed.”
The payoff for this reason is protecting yourselves from
the possibility of perceived real failure.
Perfectionism is often the underbelly of the fear of failure.
Maybe it’s the expectations others have on us
that put pressure on us
or maybe even our expectations for ourselves.
We’re so afraid of feeling people of ruining
the perfect image that we have
that we don’t really consider the greater repercussions
of putting off certain tasks.
The other side of the coin is the fear of success.
Well, technically it’s not really success itself that you’re afraid of.
Rather it’s the consequences.
Maybe you’re afraid that if you succeed in this particular project,
more would be expected from you.
Or maybe it will put you in the spotlight
and you’re not exactly very comfortable being there.
This may indicate to an internal conflict.
If your self-worth is tied to your level of achievement,
then you may constantly question yourself about
how much you must do to be good enough.
If proscratination may be how you cope with
the pressures you feel to constantly try to be good enough.
Which type of procrastination do you relate to?
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