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Why procrastinators are the new type of workaholic

Millions of people all around the world have a problem with procrastination.

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They endlessly put things off and are too lazy to take care of tasks. At the same time you have far too many people who are workaholics. These people are addicted to working and literally can’t stop themselves.

Why has procrastination become such a big problem?

Procrastinators are a problem because they are the new type of workaholic.

You can think of them as inverse workaholics. While the person who is addicted to work will carry on slaving away until they literally collapse, the person who can’t stop procrastinating will do the exact same thing. Except they do it with procrastination.

And the issue is that just like being a workaholic, procrastination will eventually have a serious effect on your psychological wellbeing.

If you’re one of these people what can you do about the problem?

You have to realize that what you’re doing doesn’t benefit you in the long run. Not only that, it’s also extremely bad for you. Understand this is something you have a problem with and you have to address it.

Here are some steps you can take:

  • First, wake up to the fact that you have serious responsibilities and cannot ignore them. Doing this will have serious consequences. You’re like a someone who’s about to go over the edge of a waterfall. If you start paddling too late you’re not going to make it. You have to do what you’ve been putting off whether you like it or not.
  • Second, do a brain dump. Sit down with a pad of paper and write down all the things you’ve been putting off. Getting things out of your head and onto paper makes them a lot easier to deal with. When you have a list of things in your head it only causes stress and anxiety, so get them down on paper.
  • Third, create a to do list. Draw up a list of what you’ve been putting off, as well as a plan for getting things done. Also put a deadline on your responsibilities. Having a deadline will force you to take action and motivate you to get started.
  • Fourth, break your responsibilities into smaller bite size chunks. Think of just one thing you can do. What’s the smallest or tiniest step you can take? What thing requires the least amount of effort?

For example, if you have to get your car repaired, and you’ve been putting it off, maybe you could start by looking up repairmen. Just do something, anything to build up momentum and get the ball started rolling.

Before you know it you will have checked off most of your to do list.

Once you’ve started to begin this process you will feel so much better. Your will feel happier and be filled with positive emotion. This is your reward for overcoming procrastination. It’s also motivation for overcoming this problem, so look forward to it.

Kokou Adzo is the editor and author of Startup.info. He is passionate about business and tech, and brings you the latest Startup news and information. He graduated from university of Siena (Italy) and Rennes (France) in Communications and Political Science with a Master's Degree. He manages the editorial operations at Startup.info.

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