How often do you delay some important task just for a little while, only to finally begin to work on it late at night? Usually that will be just a few moments before the whole task needs to be done? This is the normal behaviour of a large number of procrastinators. Although they really do intend to do this task, they can’t help themselves but to delay it until the last moment. While some have problems with forcing themselves to start the task, other constantly manage to find excuses or other tasks they want to do first. If you recognize yourself in these actions, then you are definitely a procrastinator.
A lot of people believe that procrastinators are lazy, but the truth is that fear and anxiety is what actually prevents them from doing all those tasks. Even though some manage to lead a normal working life while procrastinating, but for most it will have serious consequences. Because you have been delaying preparation of a presentation for the client you will not be fully prepared to present it and you might lose that job. Many procrastinators feel that is not going to happen to them because they have always managed to perform all their tasks, but it only takes one time to fail. Could you really tell your boss that you haven’t prepared for a presentation because you were putting it off?
Fortunately, if you really want to succeed, you can change this behaviour. The first step that you need to do is to get organized. Determine deadlines for the project, and give yourself penalties for every time you pass it. Banning the sweets or coffee as a punishment will make wonders for changing your behaviour. In this infographic find out what type of procrastinator you are and get excellent tips that will help to change that.