Why do you procrastinate?

by Julie Baird on September 10, 2010

Self understanding is one of the keys to being able to manage your time and have balance in your life.  Why do we procrastinate over certain tasks, why do we leave everything till the last moment, why do we ignore it and hope it will go away?

Here is a quiz I use with my clients to see just how guilty of procrastination they are.  Read each statement and think carefully about how true they are for you.

I invent reasons and look for excuses to delay acting on a tough assignment
It takes pressure to get on with a difficult assignment
I am not able to plan my day so I can work when I am most alert
There are too many interruptions that interfere with my accomplishing the big tasks
I avoid direct answers when pressed for an unpleasant decision
I put off things I don’t enjoy doing
I avoid starting unpleasant assignments
I leave big tasks till late in the day, or leave them till the weekends
I sometimes complete quick and easy tasks in preference to starting a difficult task
I like to spend time tidying my desk before commencing a tough assignment

If you have a tendency to procrastinate (like 99% of the population) think about what tasks you tend to put off and why. What do these tasks have in common, what is it about them that you are trying to avoid. Do you think you cannot do them? Do they seem overwhelming? Is it something you don’t enjoy? What are the common themes?

Once you figure out what tasks you procrastinate over and why it is much easier to find strategies to get round it.

What things do you find yourself procrastinating over?

If your child is struggling to control their time and get the results you know they are capable of then it is time to take action. The Focused Time Management System TM for Students avoids all the clutter and gives you the most important things to focus on to get you back in control of your time and your life. It’s all step by step, not a big mish mash of things. So you do step one of the system, and when you’re done with that, you move on to step two, and so on. So easy! All the tips, tools, and worksheets are handed to you on a silver platter. E mail me at Julie@thegradecoach.com to arrange a time to chat over your issues and see if I can help

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