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“This is the beginning of anything you want.”
Laziness involves a lack of desire whereas procrastination is an irrational delay on some important task in favor of a less important yet easier and more rewarding task. The one thing that’s stopping you more from being successful is procrastination. It destroys you by taking away precious time in your hands.
The leading experts on procrastination, Dr. Joseph Ferrari and Dr. Timothy Pychyl, reports that 20% of people today consider themselves as chronic procrastinators. As a culture, it is not regarded as a serious problem but it actually represents an alarming issue on self-regulation. Dr. Ferrari likens it to depression in his statement, “Telling someone who procrastinates to buy a weekly planner is like telling someone with chronic depression to just cheer up.”
Indeed, it’s more of a self-discipline problem than of time management or the presence of distractions. To understand procrastinators better, Dr. Ferrari categorizes them into 3 basic types: the arousal types or the thrill seekers, the avoiders, and the decisional procrastinators. The first types crave the euphoric rush of putting off things until the last minute; the second types are very concerned with what people may think if they fail, that they would rather be thought of as lazy than incompetent; and the last ones cannot make a decision for the fear that they might regret it later.
Which type are you?
Hiding from responsibilities leads to procrastination, and procrastination leads to substance abuse. The good news is, procrastinators aren’t born but made. To conquer it, you must act NOW.