What Kind of Procrastinator Are You?


I thought I had beaten the procrastination habit way back in college until I read about the four types of procrastinators we’re sharing in this post. Turns out I fit everyone! But I will not freeze in my tracks and avoid addressing my procrastination issues.

Organizing expert Sandra Felton says that procrastination can be faced and conquered. That victory becomes attainable when we identify what type of procrastinator we are so that we can understand the cause of our procrastination and deal with it.

So find out your procrastinator type today, not tomorrow!

People put things off for a variety of reasons and often these reasons intertwine, working together and strengthening each other.

Perfectionist Procrastinator

Perfectionism is one cause of procrastination and is probably one of the most pernicious because it is based in fear. {Tweet This} We don’t do something because we are afraid we won’t do it well enough or will make a fool of ourselves. Or, perhaps we fear we will succeed and have to live with the new circumstances brought about by our success. Whatever the cause, perfectionism is one of the four self-destructive behavior patterns moms need to try to overcome.

Emotional Procrastinator

Some procrastinators concentrate too much on emotions. They think they can’t accomplish some task unless they are in the right mood. Sometimes they may try to create the right mood. For example, if a job is boring, they create the panic of an immediate deadline to break through the boredom.

Circumstantial Procrastinator

Often circumstances hold up procrastinators. They are waiting for a part to arrive or a price to fall. Maybe they are seriously overcommitted and have no time. Or, the environment isn’t right (it’s too crowded, noisy, or messy).

Procrastination Junkie

Some people have made a habit of riding the wave of adrenaline that comes when they wait until the last minute. They have become an expert in knowing just how long they can dawdle before they jump into a project. This may work for simple projects but leaves no room for error and does not work well on complex projects.

So what type of procrastinator are you?

Excerpt used with permission from the book Organizing Your Day by Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims, (Revell). P. 93