We’ve all done it: put off what we know we should do, waiting until a later time. While many of us are professional procrastinators, the truth is very few people always do everything on time. Sometimes a “wait-and-see” approach pays off, but that process requires thoughtful judgment, and really isn’t the same as procrastination.
Forms of procrastination:
- Classic Procrastination – where someone delays getting started on a task
- Contract Procrastination – where someone doesn’t do what they’ve previously agreed to do
- Completion Procrastination – where someone just cannot seem to finish a task they’ve started
- Contra Procrastination – where someone doesn’t STOP doing something they should
The reasons we all procrastinate are many. And yes, we all procrastinate, don’t try to fool yourself.
Ninety percent of all people procrastinate at some point … the other ten percent are liars. — Author Unknown
1. Procrastinators may have poor time estimation skills and grossly underestimate the length of time required to complete a task.