Almost a quarter of the population is chronic procrastinators. It’s a serious problem, and if you’re one of those people then you have probably been wondering why the typical advice just doesn’t work for you. Having someone tell you to get on with it is a lot like telling someone who is dealing with clinical depression that they just need to cheer up.
Are You A Chronic Procrastinator?
• Do you pay your bills late?
• Do you often miss events because you can’t get yourself together in time or you failed to purchase tickets?
• Do you miss appointments with the doctor and/or dentist?
• Do you make your kids late for school or are you always late to pick them up?
• Is your refrigerator always empty because you haven’t gone shopping?
• Are you late for everything, whether it’s work or a social gathering?
If it’s a yes to most of these questions then it’s a yes to you being a chronic procrastinator. As it turns out, according to Psychology Today, one of the biggest reasons for people being procrastinators is a strict parent. Perhaps the reason for this is that it’s a way of coping, unable to rebel against their stern parents they find a way to exert some control.
Additionally, many people procrastinate because they feel so under pressure to obtain perfection that they would rather not do them at all, rather than risk failing and dealing with the judgment of others. It’s a case of being too worried what others think about you.
There Is A Cure
There are ways to deal with procrastination, from counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy. The purpose of this is to reroute negative or inaccurate thinking that is harming your ability to thrive in life. There are self-help options available to you, too.
• Surround Yourself With People Who Take Action. If you spend time with other procrastinators then you’re very likely going to keep putting these off. Instead, surround yourself with the people, who take action, they’re a good influence on you. A bit like you can improve your positivity by being around people who are always positive.
• Start Doing. You have to start somewhere, just start and do it one step at a time. If it’s an essay, you need to write then get started with a paragraph. If it’s clearing out your old clothing then work room by room – if something feels overwhelming to you and that puts you off, find a way to break it down further.
• A Reward System. Obviously, it’s more fun to do things that you enjoy, but life can’t always be enjoyable. There are things that you have to do, so when it comes to those things work out a reward system. If you tackle the ironing pile then you can treat yourself to a half hour of whatever you want.
If you are a procrastinator, then it’s time to take action. While you may think it’s no big deal, the truth is that it can stop you from living the life that you want. You may feel as though you’re functioning just fine, but just because you’ve gotten through the setbacks thus far doesn’t mean they won’t eventually catch up with you.
It will reach a point where it is disruptive to your life and it can affect how people view you. Living life as a chronic procrastinator is not a comfortable one. In fact, you’re more likely to experience regret. There is far too much life out there to live to allow yourself to get caught up procrastinating. Don’t let fear stop you from getting things done and living your life to the full.