It seems like more and more people are complaining about and suffering from procrastination. For a long time, I could easily be termed a classical case of a procrastinator. But then I identified what was really happening and decided to correct it.
Tim Urban, whose blog ‘Wait But Why’ garnered millions of unique page views, thousands of patrons and famous fans like Elon Musk, gave an interesting TED Talk titled ‘Inside the mind of a master procrastinator’. It presents a very simplistic view of why procrastinators procrastinate and is a must watch.
A closer look at procrastinators will demonstrate that all of them follow a pattern that is often hard to miss. Identifying your own patterns and motives is the first step in beating procrastination (a topic I’ll cover in another blog post). So, read on and figure out which procrastinator personality you fall into. If you’re someone like the person I was a few years ago, you will definitely be guilty of fitting into more than one of these types.
I can’t work in a messy room. I’ll have to clean it first” or “It would be a good idea to take a shower and dress up before I sit down for work”. These procrastinators use an empty cabinet or room as an excuse to not work while actually they are only avoiding a task that pushes them out of their comfort zones. Ironically, they generally only end up making a bigger pile of mess as they indulge into old photos they find in a drawer or letters from a friend they want to read again.
These procrastinators feel the constant urge to plan things out. They spend way too much time in listing down tasks and end up doing nothing but making elaborate lists. They plan out minor details and in the process often miss the first few deadlines identified in their plan. They then put it aside and take a break so they can start more efficiently next time. Starting from scratch, of course means planning all over again.