Becurrent CEO: The 5 Ways People are “Pros” at Procrastinating

January 18 21:30 2022
Undoubtedly, many people made a New Year’s resolution to stop their procrastination habit. The first step? Recognizing what type of procrastinator they are.

Procrastination is one of the most often self-diagnosed conditions in the world. It’s a colossal characterization that hosts a complete range of behaviors beneath the surface. Whenever people don’t do what they are supposed to in the time they’re supposed to do it, it gets labelled procrastination.

How frequently do people procrastinate? Joseph Ferrari, PhD, a professor of psychology and Vincent dePaul Distinguished Professor at DePaul University in Chicago, conducted research into the topic and found that 20 percent of U.S. men and women are chronic procrastinators. What’s more, a study conducted by Darius Foroux on 2219 people revealed that around 88% of the workforce tend to procrastinate at least one hour a day.

Yet procrastination is a label that often gets overused and prevents people from really taking a look at what’s going on in their lives. According to Sophie Chiche, a productivity expert and CEO of becurrent, “Our behaviors reveal our beliefs and more often than not, there are reasons why we are procrastinating that need our attention and support. The next time someone realizes they are procrastinating, they should get curious. They need to identify what their patterns and start to acknowledge that there is probably more going on than meets the eye.”

Chiche explains that there are at least five kinds of procrastinators, and their motivations are very distinct.

Josh the Perfectionist

Josh delays completing his tasks because they are not performed to his (unrealistic) standard. He will keep pushing them off, until his back is against the wall. As he gets closer to the due date, he’ll have to lower his standards and will feel like he let himself down – again. He often sets the bar so high, it’s virtually impossible to hit it. 

–  Favorite line = “It’s not good enough.”
–  Price Josh pays = He never gets to feel good about any of his accomplishments.
–  The way out = Apply self-care. Josh needs to be kind to himself and grow tolerance for excellence – it’s very different than perfection.

Betty the Intuitive

She delays because she’s actually not ready to perform her task. She does not have all the elements needed to act yet. She often does not know it and judges herself harshly for being lazy or worse. Often, she finds out later that there was a reason she did not yet complete the task, because some crucial piece was missing, and she would have had to redo the whole thing. But she does not trust that intuitive signal or recognize that this intuition is actually a gift.

–  Favorite line = “I am just lazy.”
–  Price Betty pays = She denies her superpower of perceptive instinct.
–  The way out = She needs to give herself the benefit of the doubt. When she does not do something, she needs to be curious about what that might mean.

James the Overcommitter

He can’t say “no” to anyone, and it’s very difficult for him to have the slightest boundaries. So he says “yes” to helping his neighbor move this weekend. He says “yes” to being on a task force that doesn’t advance his career progression at all. And he gets delayed on his own stuff – all the time. He can never catch up as he is ‘addicted’ to the validation he feels when he helps others.

–  Favorite line = “I am “soooo” busy.”
–  Price James pays = He is not true to himself.
–  The way out = He must gently learn to say no – one small thing at a time. He needs to trust that people will be OK (and still like him), even if he stays on his own task.

Julia the Novelty Junkie

Julia has shiny object syndrome. She gets excited about the next thing.  She starts it but does not go back to finish the 11 previous things she started. She gets her fix from initiating something new and then drops all the balls that were thrown in the air. Over time, she learns that she can’t be trusted. And that feeds the problem of not completing what she starts.

–  Favorite line = “I just had this great idea…”
–  Price Julia pays = People (including herself) stop trusting her.
–  The way out = Make a list of good ideas and then pick one – just one. And she should not stop until it’s completed. More importantly, she shouldn’t take on any more projects until completing the task at hand. 

Paula the Emotion Avoidant

Paula delays accomplishing her tasks to avoid feeling emotions she does not want to feel. By always staying a step behind, she is in a chronic state of angst and to her, that feels better than the immense sadness she is feeling that her marriage is over. If she were to finish a task early, it would slow down the train of her life, and she would have to sit with herself. And she’s unconsciously avoiding that.

–  Favorite line = “I like keeping busy…”
–  Price Paula pays = She is not experiencing life fully.
–  The way out = She must embrace an intention to feel her feelings – all of them, even for a few seconds. In doing so, she can build stamina for feeling her feelings for longer periods of time.

Procrastinators often pay a heavy price for their habit – not only because they don’t get their tasks completed in time, but in terms of lowered self-esteem, feelings of inadequacy, and fear of losing the trust of their peers. But there are ways out. And there are myriad resources that provide more detailed methodologies for breaking this all-too-common habit.

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