: Why You Do It, What to Do About It NOW
Our book is intended to help those who struggle with procrastination
and to aid those who live or work with someone whose procrastination
is creating problems.
We know that more and more people are suffering significant
consequences of procrastination.
Current estimates are that one in four adults
reports being a chronic procrastinator. (Are
you procrastinating right now?)
Examples of external consequences
- losing a job or promotion
- poor performance reviews or grades
- all-nighters at work or in school
- paying late fees, tax problems
- problems in relationships
Examples of internal consequences
- low self-confidence
- anxiety, guilt, dread
- stress-related health problems
Even though procrastinators know that there may well be
significant consequences, it’s not easy
to stop procrastinating. Taking action is often
harder than you expect!
We think that’s because procrastination is not
a simple matter of time-management or self-discipline
but a complex psychological and/or neurocognitive issue.
We suggest that procrastination is a strategy
people use to manage other issues. Those issues may
- psychological, such as fear of
failure, fear of success, fear of feeling controlled,
or fear of facing reality.
such as attention deficit disorder, executive dysfunction,
- social, such as pressures deriving
from family dynamics or cultural changes.
We devote the first half of our book to helping you explore
and understand what the underlying issues may be for you.
We believe that this in-depth exploration is part of our
unique contribution to working with procrastinators.
In the second half of our book, we give many suggestions,
designed specifically for procrastinators, which will
help you take action to overcome procrastination.
These techniques work,but only
if you use them.
If you don’t understand why you are procrastinating,
you may not be free to put our ( or any other ) suggested
techniques into practice.
Yet understanding alone doesn’t finish a project.
You also have to take action in order to stop procrastinating.
That’s why our book is: PROCRASTINATION:
Why You Do It, What To Do About It Now.