Leave alone distractions and multitasking issues, in today’s day and age, if you end up being a procrastinator – your game is certainly headed south at breakneck speed! You know what we mean, finding it a struggle to get out of bed and hit the gym, putting off working on your top tasks of the day, and finding every reason under the sun not to work on that big project.
Here are 5 major types of procrastinators:
The Perfectionist — This type of procrastinator is someone who pays too much attention to the minor details. Sometimes described as ‘analysis paralysis’, the perfectionist is afraid to begin a task or project because they worry about getting every detail right. Even if they do manage to get started, they often get caught up in the details and fail to finish.
Tip: Learn to accept that progress is more important than perfection for you to move forward in life.
The Dreamer — This type of procrastinator is someone who enjoys thinking about ideas and plans. However, they seldom put their plans into action. They tend to be highly creative individuals, but find it hard to actually start or finish a task.
Tip: Set yourself SMART goals with deadlines, so you take that first step to execution.
The Avoider — This type of procrastinator is scared to take on tasks that they think they can’t manage or complete. They choose to put off work rather than be judged by others if they make mistakes or fail to finish tasks.
Tip: Feel the fear, and do it anyway. Don’t worry about being judged.
The Crisis-Maker — This type of procrastinator deliberately pushes back work until the last minute. They feel that deadlines are necessary and they believe that they work best when being forced to rush.
Tip: Important to understand that this kind of stress, on a regular basis is detrimental to your focus and health. Plan your days ahead and start making small wins daily.
The Busy Procrastinator — This type of procrastinator has trouble prioritizing tasks because they either have too many of them or they refuse to work on tasks they see as below them. Because they don’t know how to choose the task that’s best for them, they end up postponing or failing to make any decisions.
Tip: Prioritise your tasks and schedule them into your work routine, so you get them done.