Our friend Geralin Thomas e-mailed me an article last week about Tax Day. The first four or five paragraphs talk about taxes, but the majority of the article explores procrastination as an affliction that affects most everyone. From the Raleigh News and Observer:
Procrastination is an equal opportunity affliction, according to one of the field’s pioneering researchers, Joseph R. Ferrari of DePaul University. Women are just as likely to exhibit the behavior as men; 20-year-olds are as prone to it as 65-year-olds (much older people, seem to lose the habit). His studies have also found that white collar employees procrastinate more than blue collar workers, salespeople more than middle managers, business executives more than doctors or lawyers.
More broadly, Ferrari said, there are three basic types of procrastinators:
- Arousal procrastinators are thrill-seekers who tackle projects at the last minute, pulling all-nighters at school and work.
- Avoidance procrastinators habitually put off hard or boring tasks
- Decisional procrastinators are paralyzed by indecisiveness.
Be sure to check out the sidebar to the article with advice from Geralin Thomas on ways to curb procrastination. Also, you might enjoy reading the link at the bottom of the page to a Psychology Today blog post on the same topic.
When I procrastinate, it is definitely in the “avoidance” category, especially when it comes to organizing my home and office. How about you?