Thanks to everyone who completed the Procrastination Style Survey. The above pie chart breaks the respondents’ procrastination style by percentages. Some other results from the survey included:
- Many respondents indicated their procrastination style was a combination.
- Age did not seem to have an impact on procrastination style.
- Eleven percent of the respondents were male, 89% female.
- The only category that appeared to have a correlation related to gender was over-giver. None of the male participants indicated they were over-givers.
I have to be honest… I procrastinated on sharing the results of the survey. My excuse is life got busy; but the truth is a combination of the characteristics of an over-giver, perfectionist and crisis-maker got in my way. So how do I deal with it? For me, keeping structure in my life is an effective strategy for staying on track. Structure keeps me focused. No matter how busy I get or what unexpected surprises drop in my path, if I am steadfast about my daily structure, it’s amazing what I can accomplish.
Check back here soon. Over the next few posts, I’ll give some concrete suggestions for dealing with each type of procrastination style. But for now, start with structure!
You have a dream and you even have a plan on how to achieve it, but you’re not making any progress. So what’s in your way? If you are feeling frozen, spend some time considering what’s behind your procrastination and it may help you get moving. In Dr. Linda Sapadin’s book, It’s About Time!: The Six Styles of Procrastination and How to Overcome Them, she discusses procrastinator types. The following is a quick overview:
- The perfectionist – They don’t finish projects because they need to be perfect and if it’s not done than it can’t be imperfect.
- The Dreamer – It can be fun to dream about doing something, but actually having to do the work and focus on details is another story.
- The Worrier – This is living with the cup half empty. Worriers fear change, they want to know the future. What if the cup ends up empty?
- The Defier – Does resistance to authority keep you from moving forward? Do you resent being told what to do? Many high school students who want to go away to school procrastinate filling out their college applications because their parents told them ‘to get it done’.
- The Crisis-Maker – Some people need to feel backed up against a deadline to get moving. They feel most productive and alive when working in the overload mode.
- The Overdoer – I think a better name for this type of procrastinator is the Over-Giver. It’s the person on every committee, the one always taking on the extra project. An Over-Giver always has more to do than she has time for. Did you notice I said “she”? I think there are cultural messages that have created the Over-Giver.
Knowing your procrastination style will help you uncover the root of the problem and change your behavior. So what type of procrastinator are you?
Click here to complete a short survey on your procrastination style.