Does this sound all too familiar: deadlines are looming, nothing's been done, and you're binging on YouTube and Facebook. But putting off work doesn't mean that you're lazy. Procrastination reveals our hidden anxieties and self-destructive habits.
Daredevil: You like to live dangerously, only starting work when the deadline is looming. You think you show grace under pressure, but the end result is rushed work that's full of errors.
Tips: Get organized. Set yourself tighter deadlines and use the adrenaline rush productively while managing your team (or self) - self-regulate with penalties for not meeting these targets, e.g skip lunch, leave office late.
Self-Saboteur: You're your own worst enemy, putting obstacles in your path to stop yourself working. That way, you can say it's not your fault - rewarding yourself for a job left undone.
Tips: Plan for obstacles. List potential obstacles to getting things done ahead of time, and plan countermeasures, e.g: "Whenever I check Facebook, I take a short break."
Ostrich: You like to stick your head in the sand and ignore the tasks at hand - avoiding having to make decisions. If you don't make a decision, then you don't risk falling or being judged.
Tips: Self-talk confidently. Notice how you are talking to yourself when procrastinating. Think positively - instead of "I can't", say "I will".
Chicken: With so many choices, how are you supposed to decide? By the time you've made up your mind, it's too late. You feel like you may as well put it off and let someone else choose.
Tips: Swiss-cheese the big tasks. Handle the biggest tasks first by breaking them down into smaller manageable ones. Devote small amounts of time and achieve as much as you can in each to boost your momentum.
Perfectionist: You'll settle for nothing less than perfection - which is essentially impossible. You're ruled by what others think of you, delaying work until you can be sure other people won't criticize it.
Tips: Keep it real. Set yourself reasonable targets that you know you can manage and do your best to meet them. Perfection is impossible, but you can learn from mistakes.