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Procrastination: 3 Different Types
Procrastination is one of the most common productivity challenges. Some people struggle with it often across all areas of their lives, others infrequently in only particular areas of their lives. But most of us have experienced it at one time or another.
The word itself does little in the way of helping us identify a solution. It simply describes a phenomenon: The act of putting off something you could do now for later.
But there are several reasons why a person might do such a thing. And different solutions depending on the reason.
I’ve created 3 categories to help my clients understand procrastination and what to do about it:
- Chore procrastination
- Dream procrastination
- Type 3 procrastination (descriptive name, right?)
Chore procrastination is when a person puts off a task that holds little or no intrinsic appeal, but the outcome of the task is valued.
Dream procrastination is when a person puts off a task related to a big goal or dream.
Type 3 procrastination is a catch-all category for procrastination that doesn’t involve a dream or a chore. Typically, this type requires a closer look to understand what it’s really about.
These are generalizations. Often a person’s own brand of procrastination blends the three. But before you can overcome your procrastination, identify which type or types it is.
Is what you’re procrastinating simply a chore, or is it related to some big goal or dream you’re pursuing?
If it’s neither, or you’re not sure, look closer at what the result will be if you completed the task you were procrastinating. What will that result be (describe it in as much detail as you can)? Why is that result important? Is that result related to one of your big goals or dreams?
Your answers may lead you to the conclusion that the result is not important to you. In which case you need to ask yourself why this task is on your to-do list at all. (I’ve written more about this subject in a previous post.)
If you try to overcome your procrastination before you identify what type or types it is, you’re likely to fail and frustrate yourself. Once you know the type, you can get to the business of solving it.
©2008 Curtis G. Schmitt
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