The Struggle is Real
Let's not pretend that we don't know what we are talking about here. Even if not everyone suffers from its effects now and again, we all know it's impact through our social circles and media portrayl. Teachers talk about it every semester and we are reminded time and again that it exists and that it's easy to fall into the bad habit of it. If you prefer a general overview of procrastination, scroll to the bottom of the page where we have more concise tips and videos that Student Success has selected that represent our believes and understands of procrastination.
Let's Look at it Scientifically:
According to Dr. Appleby, of the American Psychological Association, one of the ways to overcome procrastination is to understand who you are. There are, he states, six different types of procrastinator: perfectionist, dreamer, worrier, crisis-maker, defier, and pleaser.
- The believes that their value as a human being is at stake every time they undertake a task. The world is an all-or-nothing place for the perfectionist, which means that if the project they are working on fails, or is not the best, then they are a failure too.
- The yearns for an easy, painless and nonthreatening life. When the world disrupts this dream by presenting difficult challenges, the dreamer retreats into their mind, creating an ideal world in which they are a "special" person who does not have to play by the same rules as everyone else.
- The has an overpowering need to feel safe, but pays a high price for this feeling. Their most fearsome foes are risk and change, which paralyze them because they fears they will push them outside of their narrow comfort zone.
- The creates lots of drama in their life by waiting until the last minute to get things done. They under-react to situations that provide plenty of time to work by saying, "I don’t work well until I really start to feel the pressure," and then over-reacts with great frenzied bursts of activity just before the deadline.
- The harbors a deep resentment toward authority, and has learned that the safest way to rebel is to use passive aggressive techniques. When asked to perform a task, a defier will almost always say “sure, I can do that,” but then “forgets” to do what they promised. This strategy provides the defier with a sense of power over others, but unfortunately it often leaves the important people in their life feeling betrayed, manipulated and/or used.
- The is always busy, so it doesn’t seem like they are procrastinating. Their focus, however, is not so much on getting their work done, but on pleasing others so they will like them. There is really no problem with that strategy unless they gets distracted from focusing on their own obligations.
By understanding who you are, Dr. Appleby argues, you will be able to better understand and be able to overcome the bad habits of procrastination.
Here's Some Tips Around Procrastination
Some Videos Discussing Procrastination and How Best to Manage it