Are you a procrastinator?
Procrastination is defined as the action of delaying or postponing something. A well-known quote from Benjamin Franklin says, “Do not put off for tomorrow what you can do today”! Honestly, we can find ourselves in this place. The best way out is to have accountability. According to Ali Schiller and Marissa Boisvert, co-owners of Accountability Works, there are 4 kinds of procrastinators, and they are:
1. The Performer
The performer says, "I work well under pressure." If this is you, you have problems getting started and wait to the last minute to complete your tasks. You have developed a habit of telling yourself that you perform better under pressure. However, you are adding unnecessary stress to your life. It’s hard to start because you are a perfectionist. When you don't have all the answers to your questions, you put things off and don't start. A best practice is to start with what you do know. Each time you get stuck on what to do next, ask questions. If you don't have the answers, ask team members, coaches, or mentors questions to figure out the next steps.
2. The Self-Deprecator
The Self-Deprecator says, "I am so lazy right now". Does this sound like you? You need to know how to take a break. You are always doing and never take the time to rest. You will gain more clarity in your day-to-day performance by practicing simple steps such as stepping away, getting your mind on something else, or allowing your mind to rest. You will find that when you come back to the project, you will see it through fresh eyes. Rebuilding your energy is very key to your success.
3. The Over Booker
The Over Booker says, "I'm so busy". We’ve all seen this person and maybe sometimes this person may be you. Productive busyness is the goal we all want to reach. But sometimes busyness is used as an escape to avoid something we don’t want to deal with. A good practice is to stop and ask yourself what you are avoiding. If it's too hard to face alone, schedule time with your coach or mentor to address the things you are running from.
4. The Novelty SeekerThe Novelty Seeker says, "I just had the best idea!" This is especially true if you are a creative or trailblazer. There are always new ideas running around in your head. While having bright ideas is great, you need to bring balance. If you pay careful attention, you will realize that you get bored easily. Boredom is the enemy of consistency. Consistency helps you to do a thing long enough until there are results. You should practice completing what you start to gain success.
Honestly, I think we have all, at one point in time of our lives, identified as one of the types of Procrastinators. However, if you find yourself stuck and don't see a way out, you may need some help. Having someone that you can be accountable to, is one of the keys to success.
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