Procrastination is not a big deal for most people…we all put off unpleasant tasks from time-to-time. When it becomes a way of life you have a problem. Serial procrastination can have a detrimental effect on your life. It can affect your relationships, how you enjoy your job and how you feel about yourself.
Chronic procrastinators face an uphill struggle through life, when things could be so much different. The main problem is that procrastination has become such a way of life, typically learned at an early age, that many sufferers do not realize how all-pervasive it is in their life.
The following signs of procrastination will help you identify if procrastination is a problem for you. If it is, you can take the necessary action to eliminate it from your life, become more productive and lose that feeling of being overwhelmed.
Think carefully about the following 10 questions:
1. Does your life feel full of obligations that you struggle to meet?
2. Do you find yourself putting off important jobs to carry out unimportant tasks?
3. Talk about projects with no clear terms of when the project is to be completed?
4. Spend lots of time researching a project or task but never get around to starting or finishing it?
5. Do you keep starting new projects before finishing the existing ones?
6. Are you always thinking about the work that you should be doing, even when you should be relaxing?
7. Are you ever pleased with a task that you completed?
8. Delay working on important tasks until the last minute, so that you have to complete the work under a lot of stress?
9. Do you worry excessively about making a mistake on a task or project?
10. Do you wish that you were more organized and that you could complete tasks in good time, thinking about them only while working on them?
If you answered yes to more than 3 of the questions above then you have more than a trivial problem with procrastination which is negatively affecting your life. In later articles I will discuss the real reasons behind procrastination and how you can successfully overcome the problem.
By Andrew D Chambers