If you want to crush it in your business but procrastination is holding you back, it behooves you to know what type you are. Basically there are two types: one is tense and the other is relaxed. The tense procrastinator is described as feeling overwhelmed by pressures, are unrealistic about time and uncertain about goals. Tense types lack confidence and many are very perfectionistic.
They fear failure, being imperfect and often fall short of overly demanding goals. This type thinks that his/her worth is determined by what they do and are afraid of being judged. Tense types will get over-stressed and over-worked until they can find an escape route.
The relaxed type often feels negatively toward his/her work and blows it off or forgets about it by playing or socializing. This denial-based procrastinator avoids as much stress as possible. Instead they choose to dismiss or disregard more challenging tasks by focusing on doing “fun stuff” or some other distracting activity.
Fear of Success
Fear of success may sound completely irrational. Yet the person is afraid that if they do well, they will
be expected to continue to achieve and take on more responsibilities. This is so terrifying to them that they hide their ambition, and may really want to do poorly. Others may avoid being successful for fear they will lose friends or become a threat to others. For example, it’s commonly thought that, “Men don’t like women who are too smart, have more degrees than they do, are better looking than they are, or who can beat them at sports.” Some may refuse to give up procrastinating and refuse to strive for success for fear of becoming a workaholic, or of becoming arrogant, demanding, competitive, or boring and socially isolated. They may feel that work is endless; that it will never be done.
Some procrastinators may even fear success because they’d feel guilty, as though they didn’t deserve it.
Fear of Failure
If you are self-critical and feel inferior, you will avoid doing many things, especially competitive activities. NOT trying is a form of failure, but not as painful as actually trying and failing. If you have set very high or impossible goals as a perfectionist you are likely to feel overwhelmed. Perhaps that is why, strange as it seems, perfectionistic procrastinators often have low confidence in their ability. By procrastinating, such a person avoids, for the moment, the dreaded expected failure.
If you dread finding out just how able you are, it may seem wiser to put off putting yourself to the test than to run the risk of trying one’s best and only being average. Procrastination, in this special case, may enable us to believe we are superior in ability, regardless of our perforperformance.
An action cop-out is doing something that isn’t a priority. Examples: watching TV, eating, playing, sleeping, or even cleaning. Once we are engrossed in the diversion, we block out the anxiety, self-doubts, anger, or boredom associated with the work we are putting off but should be doing.
Three main types:
1. “I’ll do it tomorrow,” or “I do my best work late at night, I’ll do it then.” Since you have promised yourself that you will be good, you can escape work and enjoy guilt-free play.
2. “I’ll go shopping now then I can study all evening,” or “I’ll call them as soon as I think of something clever to say.” – Some unimportant activity takes priority over the main, yet unpleasant or scary, event.
3. The Catch-22 situation, i.e., “I’d really love to own a BMW, but I’d never be able to afford the payments and insurance.”
Taking drugs, listening to music, reading novels, and even getting involved in friendships, love, for religion could, at times, serve as an escape from unpleasant but important tasks. Sometimes worrying about an activity is a sign of procrastination. For example: “I worried so much about the report, I had writer’s block and couldn’t think of anything to write about.”
Ask yourself if you do any of these things. If so, don’t let yourself get away with it. What can I do to remedy this condition? First of all, there must be a deep desire to change. Much like the alcoholic, the smoker, or someone with an eating disorder, just telling them they have to quit or change is much easier said than done.
Yet, for those genuinely interested in making a change, here are five simple steps to guide you:
2. Be on the lookout for any self-cons or cop-outs that will keep you from doing the work right now.
3. Start to think more rationally. You don’t have to watch every televised ballgame. Do something more productive like researching potential sources of income!
4. Make detailed realistic plans for achieving your long-range goals.
5. Don’t avoid work…do it NOW!
Another key to avoiding procrastination is to focus on the big picture by creating personal goals.
Follow these steps below to create achievable goals:
1. Make your goals realistic but challenging.
2. Set goals in 90-day, 180-day, 360-day, 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year goals.
3. Make your goals achievable!
Coming to terms with being a procrastinator and embracing that part of you, will enable you to crush it in your business and your life Little by little you will see positive changes being made.
In conclusion, some of our most notable people are procrastinators so you are in good company. Never be ashamed of who you are and what you you have accomplished.
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