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!
“If and When were planted, and Nothing grew.” ~Proverb
Procrastination………….who me? I know how to get things done; I also know how to procrastinate. Sometimes procrastination has to do with not feeling good enough, other times it’s about a task I hate or one that is just overwhelming like U.S. INCOME TAXES. For years I applied for not one extension on my taxes, but two. I don’t prepare my own taxes; I just have to pull the information together to get to my accountant. Yet, somehow I didn’t find the time until a few days before the last extension.
Now I apply bookends to finish a task I dread like taxes. When I decide when I’m going to work on it, I plan a pre and post project incentive. It’s my bookends. I treat myself or do something I enjoy prior to starting the project and again when I finish. Sometimes, it’s something small like a trip to Starbucks before sorting through my papers, other times it’s a day at the zoo or the art institute. Why do bookends work? I think because the first bookend marks it’s time to start and then the last bookend acknowledges the accomplishment. Sometimes the bookend at the end is something that I’m really dying to do or is time sensitive. This gives me the added push to slug through until I’m finished. So if you find yourself procrastinating, try bookends.
This week: Identify something you’ve been putting off and give it some bookends.