I would never call anyone a procrastinator, we just happen to people who have a habit of procrastinating periodically (the period is just shorter for some than others).
That said we could be categorized by the type of procrastination we do. Dr. Linda Sapadin in her book It’s About Time identifies six types. Now you may think that procrastination is procrastination, but if you think about it if you identify a type it helps identify a cause and ultimately a fix.
This is my number one style when I am procrastinating although I do manage to exhibit traits from all six styles ;-). This personality tends to be critical (consistent with my C trait from the DISC profile), has an all or nothing style of thinking and tends to speak with phrases such as “I should” or “I have to.”This style has a need for control and tends to strive for flawless work. He needs to learn (this is even difficult for me to type) say “good enough). Give your self a time limit so you finish. Done is better than perfect.
This personality tends to be fanciful, has a vague style of thinking and tends to speak with phrases such as “I wish.” This style has a need for being special and tends to be passively waiting for things to happen. (traits of a DISC I – my third trait). This person needs a goal and a plan and stick to it. This plan should be in writing and be time based.
Another of my personal favourites. This personality tends to be fearful, has a indecisive style of thinking (again my C) and tends to speak with phrases such as “What if” in the style of what could go wrong as opposed to possibility. This style has a need for security to be cautious (again my C). This style needs to look at the risk questions and assess how likely what they are worrying about is likely to happen. Do one thing a day that you have been consciously putting off. You will be amazed at what you accomplish and how relaxed it will make you feel.
This personality tends to be resistant, has a oppositional style of thinking and tends to speak with phrases such as “Why Should I?” This style has a need for non-conformity and tends to be rebellious. (traits of a DISC I – my third trait). This person needs to accept that sometimes it does not hurt to do things in a normal routine way. Allow a pause between stimulus and reaction to pause and think about the alternative view.
This personality tends to be over emotional, has an agitated style of thinking and tends to speak with extreme phrases such as “Unbelievable”. This style has a need for attention and tends to be dramatic. This person needs to examine situations logical and proceed in an orderly fashion. Keep a record of the crisis in your life and determine if they are of your own creation.
This personality would probably be reading a blog like this with the notion “balance, yah right.” She tends to be busy, has a compelled style of thinking and tends to speak with phrases such as “Yes, I can” but has not mastered a simple “No, I can’t, thanks.” This style has a need for being self-reliant to extreme and tends to do it all. This person needs to say “no” and mean it. Keep a “done list” so you see just how much you are accomplishing and think about how much more could be done with delegation or outsourcing.
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