Are you a chronic procrastinator?
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Are you a chronic procrastinator?

Are you a chronic procrastinator? Chronic procrastination is a real problem that needs to be addressed. Procrastination has caused people to lose jobs, personal possessions, and even their spouse. It manifests itself in low self-esteem, shame, under achievement, and life can become unmanageable.

Chronic procrastination can grow into a compulsion to avoid existence. It’s addictive and is harmful because it’s a method to circumvent the reality of life. It’s a form of escapism.

Here are some examples of chronic procrastination. They are as follows:

  • Procrastinators are constantly disappointed in everything. They expect all things to go wrong and are inwardly happy when they do. Their lives are surrounded by clutter in the home, car, and the work place.
  •  Procrastinators are often late for appointments and have difficulty estimating the amount of time it takes to arrive at a destination or completing a task. They even resort to tricking their mind by setting their clock or watch a few minutes ahead.

If you think you’re a chronic procrastinator, admit to your problem, and make a decision to overcome it. Seek help. Therapy can be useful to learn new attitudes and overcome fears.

Ask yourself why you’re avoiding the things you dread. Make a list of dreaded activities and what’s the worse that could happen if you avoid them. You’ll quickly see this could result in dismal consequences. Also make a list of happy activities and why you would want to do them.

Time management can help. Stop giving in to activities that waste time. Develop a routine and break down your daily activities into small steps and tasks. Set a lesser deadline and meet it. Replace your “have to” with “want to”. You don’t have to do anything. You have a choice. Weigh the consequences of that choice.

You’re on your way to recovery when you do what you say you’ll do when you say you’ll do it. Success attracts success. Work on things you enjoy even if insignificant. At least the small things are getting done. Don’t feel guilty. Never submit to a self-defeating mentality. Choose to improve the quality of your life and a life of quality will choose you.

Are you a chronic procrastinator? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

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