Actually, we are all procrastinators in one way or another. Scientific studies found that 20 percent of all Americans procrastinate on occasion. But some of us procrastinate more than others. They are the chronic procrastinators.
I am a chronic procrastinator. When I have ten posts to write for my blog, I finish eight or even nine in one sitting. Then I decide to write the last one tomorrow – for no good reason. I am still fresh and have plenty of time to finish the job. Or I have eight spark plugs to change. I have done six when I decide to do the remaining two tomorrow. Why?
I have no good reason. Other than I tend to delay the completion of a job in the last minute for no particularly good reason. My hands are dirty now. Why would I clean up and get dirty all over again for just two more plugs?
Because I am an expert, learned procrastinator.
Worse yet, I do not feel guilty about it. I know it is irrational and really does not make sense at all. Maybe I enjoy being different. But am I really?
One of the many studies on procrastination found that between 25 and 75 percent of all people procrastinate occasionally. Another claims that up to 95 percent of college students procrastinate more or less regularly. Their reasons: It is hard to work on homework when you are having fun. Fun beats hard work anytime.
Procrastination happens when you decide to delay or postpone something unnecessarily. We all are guilty of it at one time or another. But how do you recognize that you are a chronic procrastinator?
These are the most common signs:
Getting easily bored
I already have written eight posts, all on similar topics. Having to write another two is boring. Why two more on the same topic? Let’s take a break.
Doing something else is more fun
For college students, fun comes before actual academic work. Why write the assignment today when the deadline is in 30 days?
Having poorly defined goals
You have too many goals or your objectives are not clearly defined. That makes it easy to escape work and have a snack instead.
Setting unrealistic goals
Setting goals that are unrealistic for yourself has the same effect as setting too many goals. You are feeling overwhelmed and seek relief by eating instead or binge-watch your favorite TV series.
You focus on work that is not essential instead of on important tasks
Sure, you are doing something. But you are not doing what you are supposed to do. Acting like a busybody makes you feel good but does not accomplish your true objective.
There are many more signs that betray a chronic procrastinator. You can overcome all of them by making the right adjustments in your lifestyle. The most powerful tool is to tackle your goal in small increments that also include scheduled breaks.