Chronic Procrastination- The Puzzle Pieces
There are three main parts to the procrastination puzzle.
Procrastination is counterproductive behavior. We discussed possible causes in a previous post, i.e. fear of success, low sense of self-worth, self-defeating behavior, depression, ADHD, etc. Now let’s look at what this chronic procrastination might costs us.
Procrastination may result in:
- Activation Event: This refers to the task you are putting off.
- Belief System: These are your hidden feelings about the task or for whom you are performing (or avoiding) the task
- Consequence: This is what happens when we postpone or ditch the task
Many procrastinators do not seek help and support because of social stigmas attached to procrastination. Psychologists refer to Chronic Procrastination as “task-aversion”, which, in our workaholic and puritanical society is inappropriately characterized as “laziness”.
It is said that 20% of the population identify as being chronic procrastinators. Many psychologists believe that procrastination comes about as a response to an overbearing parent. It often is a way to show “control”, much like some eating disorders. Remember, chronic procrastination is a maladaptive behavior and is not just a problem with time management.
Next we will look at ways to begin to overcome procrastination
- Lowered productivity and declining job performance
- Loss of job
- Loss of home, cars, credit cards (procrastination with bill-paying)
- Marital problems and/or divorce
- Strained friendships
- Feelings of guilt and shame
- Stress…leading to poor health
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