The phenomenon of procrastination is, in simple words, the productivity’s worst enemy. According to Ferrari J.R., Johnson J.L., and McCown W.G. (1995) procrastination research, approximately 20% of the adults from the US are chronic procrastinators.
Another study from 2014 found out that 87% of college students are procrastinating and 45% of them reported that procrastination has negative impacts on their life and grades.
Without a doubt, the phenomenon of procrastination has become a universal problem in the modern world. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a procrastinator, I bet you can recall a time when you have continuously delayed your tasks.
Now let’s see what procrastination really is. What is really happening in our brains when we procrastinate?
To simply put it into simple words, procrastination is a battle between the prefrontal cortex – which is the voice of reason, and the limbic system – the automatic/unconscious part of the brain (a.k.a. the thing that makes you take away your hand from the fire).
This battle takes place when you encounter a task that you don’t specifically like, and in most of the cases, the limbic system wins and therefore you’ll decide to delay your task for tomorrow or “other time”.
With no more further ado, now that we’re all familiar with the phenomenon of procrastination, in today’s post, we’re presenting you 5 procrastination routines that stop you from gaining maximum results in life.
1. The Perfectionist’s Routine
The perfectionists without a strong will to take action, the ones who get their tasks done shortly before the deadline, are most likely to fall into the procrastination trap. Now, if they do, their routine is specific, especially when they encounter a more challenging task.
The perfectionist will start to feel worried and overwhelmed by his assignment because of his characteristic thinking in perfect detail. Getting the task done will seem an almost impossible mission as he wishes for every detail to be in its perfect place.
The feeling of anxiety will make its presence in no time as the perfectionist sets unrealistic expectations. He will, of course, fail to finish until the deadline.
2. The Dreamer’s Routine
The dreamer is a different kind of special. When he has to deal with an assignment which doesn’t inspire creativity to him, he’ll most probably start his procrastination cycle.
Despite the perfectionist, he will not worry, he’ll rather spend his time thinking of abstract and pleasant things rather than thinking of the things he must do in real-life.
As the dreamer is used to let his imagination flow by its course, he finds it hard to follow a strict structure or plan.
You see, by having to go through such a rigorous process, he’ll have to stop his mind whenever it flies away. This is a process which will soon become annoying and frustrating as it happens frequently, not no mention that it will kill his enthusiasm.
So, that’s why procrastination strikes in the dreamer’s life. He has to find his sweet escape, to find the loop to go through the strict assignment. Otherwise, he’ll never escape from the procrastination’s trap.