I mentioned in my last post that a psychologist by the name of Neil Fiore (author of The Now Habit) has done extensive studies in the subject of procrastination.
He believes that most of the time procrastination is not a form of laziness but rather of anxieties that arise from a fear of failure or desire for perfectionism.
He recommends that those who have a problem with procrastination (one expert claims that 20% of adults are chronic procrastinators) create what he calls a Procrastination Log.
This is just a weekly calendar that keeps track of every project you should be doing but instead delay. He suggests that when you feel the impulse to delay starting or working on the project you write down:
1. Nature of the Project
2. What you are thinking when you delay.
3. How you explain to yourself your decision.
4. Any attempts to start or work on the project, and
5. How you felt later that day.
He claims that patients of his have learned a great deal about themselves when they created a Procrastination Log.
A contemporaneous record of a decision to procrastinate and for what types of projects (and why) will tell a person a lot about him or herself. And with some self-examination and perhaps counsel, one can attack the root cause of the problem
Of course, there's always the possibility that a veteran procrastinator will delay starting a Procrastination Log….
Jim Randel is the founder and author of The Skinny On book series, condensed explanations of important life skills. Randel's books are currently best sellers in China - three of his e-books in the top 100 best-selling e-books in China. The Skinny on Time Management is #10 on the e-book best seller list in China, and #2 on Amazon.com's list of best-selling e-books in Chinese.