I know you do it.  We all do.

We have something on our agenda that we know we have to do but maybe we don’t feel like it, so we decide that we are going to do it…later.  After a nap, after the house gets cleaned, after the latest magazine gets read, etc.

According to Dictionary.com procrastination is the act or habit of putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention.

The problem with procrastination is that by delaying an important item that needs to be taken care of you could be risking consequences that you don’t need or want.

In order to beat procrastination you need to understand the different types and what to do.

Here are the types of procrastination:

Perfectionist: has difficulty starting with the overwhelm of getting everything perfect.  Then once started, it is hard to finish without every detail in place.

This person needs to focus on realistic goals and not ideal.  Go for excellence rather than perfection (yes, there is a difference).

Dreamer: Other thoughts are more pleasant than what you need to do.  It is difficult to plan details.

Make goals that are specific and measurable rather than vague dreams.  Define what, when, where, who, why, and how you will complete your goal.

Crisis Maker: works best under pressure and deadlines.

Avoid being dramatic and identify motivators for the task to use rather than using stress as that motivator.

Over-Doer:  has difficulty saying no to demands on their time made by others.

Make choices based on your own priorities, not someone else’s for you.

You need to beat this problem now!  Not Later!

Do you identify with any of the profiles?  To find out more tips on your particular profile you can Google “procrastination” and you will find tons of additional info that could help you kick the habit!

Make a commitment to yourself to stop procrastinating.  You owe it to yourself to be using your precious time wisely and procrastination is just a way of letting time slip by that you could be spending on something fun and enjoyable.