Yes, there is more than one kind. Refer to this flowchart to determine your style of dawdling, diddling and doodling, and discover tailored tips to keep you on track.
Are you a daredevil, ostrich, chicken, self-saboteur or perfectionist?
No, I’m not alluding to a game invented by grade-school children. These are the procrastinator types, one of which you might be.
ParcelHero created a flowchart to help you determine your procrastination style and consider tips to help you resist the urge to wait until the last minute.
Do any of these descriptions sound like you?
Daredevil: You don’t begin working until the deadline is looming. You think you have grace under pressure—but you don’t.
Tip: Set shorter deadlines for yourself so you have extra time to check your work.
Self-saboteur: You create obstacles for yourself because you want something to blame if you don’t meet the deadline.
Tip: Predict obstacles that might pop up, and plan countermeasures so you can stay on track.
Ostrich: You ignore the task because you’re afraid of making a bad decision and being ridiculed for it.
Tip: Examine how you talk to yourself while procrastinating. If you’re defeatist, start thinking more positively.
Chicken: You have a hard time making decisions, so you put off the task until someone else decides.
Tip: Break big tasks into smaller chunks so the workload and decisions are easier to manage.
Perfectionist: You won’t settle for anything less than perfection. You delay working because you don’t want anyone to criticize the final product.
Tip: Accept that it’s impossible to achieve perfection and set reasonable goals you know you can achieve.
Don’t recognize yourself in the descriptions? Refer to the flowchart below: