Six types of procrastinator – which one are you?
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Apparently there are six types of procrastinator – which one are you?
Doing anything and everything to avoid some dreaded task on our to-do list. Or completely zoning out when you feel overwhelmed, so nothing gets done.
But it turns out there are different ways you can procrastinate. And understanding the subtle differences in these behaviours could be key to overcoming them and being more productive.
Jenny Devonshire, is the founder of Pause 2 Perform, and has just launched a ‘Procrastination Prevention’ course for employers and employees. She says there are six types of procrastinators – and these types stem from three different types of behaviour.
‘The first two on the list focus on attention to detail,’ Jenny tells Metro.co.uk. ‘The second two types tend to overthink the future. The final two focus more on their relationship with others.’
So, which one are you – and how can you ditch the dawdling once and for all?
- The Perfectionist
‘The perfectionist gets overwhelmed by expectations, they want things to be perfect and feel there is always room for improvement on their work,’ says Jenny.
She says that for these people, it can feel impossible to complete tasks to their exacting standards.
‘This procrastinator is trying to avoid being embarrassed by mistakes or judged for substandard work,’ adds Jenny.
Helpful hints to kick the habit: ‘Perfectionists need clear deadlines so they can’t spend too much time on a task, they also need to be reminded that done is better than perfect and perfection does not exist. Perfectionists should try to celebrate completion and reward themselves for getting tasks done rather than trying to make everything perfect.’
- The Dreamer
Jenny says the dreamer typically underestimates how long things will take and often get bored by tasks.
‘This is usually because they need variety in their life, role, or daily tasks, (which is related to one of our human needs),’ Jenny explains.
Helpful hint to kick the habit: ‘Techniques to overcome procrastination for dreamers include setting small, daily, achievable goals and being realistic about the task and how long it will take to complete.
‘Dreamers should make a clear plan of how to tackle the task and stick to it. They also might want to make themselves accountable by telling peers or colleagues what they are working on and what the deadline is, setting regular check-ins to help, where appropriate.
‘Dreamers might also want to reward themselves once they have completed small tasks, to help the motivation to continue.’
- The Worrier
‘The worrier seeks safety by procrastinating and is driven by fear,’ says Jenny.
‘This can be fear of failure, of judgement or even fear of success – another trait of the worrier is imposter syndrome.’
Helpful hint to kick the habit: ‘Worriers should get real on fears, explore them fully and even start a journal where they can question themselves on, what’s the worst that could happen?
‘Worriers might also like to break up their day with stress-reducing activities such as breath work, meditation, yoga or going for a walk. Having a supportive team to turn to in times of anxiety can also be useful.’
- The Drama King/Queen
The Drama King or Queen feel they work better under pressure, which, Jenny says, means they often leave things to the last minute and then panic and rush tasks.
‘They enjoy the rush of working to a deadline when a task would otherwise seem boring,’ she says.
Helpful hint to kick the habit: ‘Drama Kings and Queens should identify healthier challenges and motivators for the task instead, rather than using stress as the motivation.
‘They could also create deadlines for themselves as a way of using their natural adrenaline rush to complete tasks earlier.’
- The Rebel
‘The Rebel doesn’t like to be told what to do, even by themselves,’ says Jenny.
She adds that these kinds of procrastinators do not like to feel controlled.
‘Many tasks seem unfair or an unnecessary use of their time,’ she says. ‘They prefer to maintain control over situations and retain a sense of individuality.’
Helpful hint to kick the habit: ‘Rebels should strive to act rather than react. They should reflect on ways they could potentially respond to a task before reacting and be aware of when they are choosing defiance.
‘They could ask themselves whether long-term regrets are worth short-term pleasure.
‘They should choose one task every week to complete in their own way to satisfy their need for individuality.’
- The Over-doer
Jenny says the Over-doer finds it difficult to prioritise and say no to things.
‘This results in too many demands being made on their time,’ she says. ‘They take on too much and then procrastinate because simply have too much to do.’
Helpful hint to kick the habit: ‘Over-doers should acknowledge their limitations and try not to take on too many tasks, learning to say “no” to tasks when necessary.
‘Tasks should be prioritised with only one task being tackled at one time. They should make daily to-do lists based on true priorities.’
Source: Metro – Natalie Morris
When does spring start in the UK?
Daffodils are blooming, but how do we actually define the beginning of spring?
From snowdrops nosing through the frosty ground to flowers bursting into blossom, spring is finally on its way. But when does the season officially start in the UK and why is it called spring?
When does spring start?
According to the Met Office, the dates for spring depends on whether you are following the astronomical or metrological calendar. The date for astronomical spring is Sunday 20th March 2022, ending on Tuesday 21st June, while by the meteorological calendar, spring will start today on Tuesday 1st March.
“Spring can start at different times, depending on who you ask,” the Met Office say. “Looking at the astronomical calendar the first day of spring is 20th March. The Phenological method records dates of reoccurring natural phenomena such as flowering. For meteorologists, spring starts on 1st March and runs until 31st May.”
Why is it called spring?
The spring season gets its name from the verb ‘spring’, referring to the flowers and plants springing up after the long winter months. Originally, spring was first called “lent” in the old England language, and was then changed to “springing time” in the 14th century. Then, in the 15th century, this was shorted to “spring-time” and again to “spring” in the 16th century.
It also refers to the clocks “springing” forward when daylight saving begins (it falls on Monday 27th March this year).
Source: Country Living – LISA JOYNER
TOP TWENTY OF THE DAY
Top 20 Disney’s most lovable animated characters
- Winnie the Pooh
- Baymax – (Big Hero 6)
- Judy Hopps – (The first bunny on Zootopia’s police force
- Vanellope von Schweetz – (Wreck it Ralph)
- Belle – (Beauty and the Beast)
- Chip Potts – (Beauty and the Beast)
- Woody – (Toy Story)
- Olaf – (Frozen)
- Gus – (Cinderella)
- Tinker Bell – (Peter Pan)
- Dory – (Finding Nemo)
- Sulley – (Monsters, Inc.)
- Minnie Mouse – (Mickey Mouse)
- Ariel – (The Little Mermaid)
- WALL-E – (The title character of the 2008 film)
- Mickey Mouse
There are so many more left out. I dare bet one of your favourites is not in the list. You could easily a Top 100 Disney’s most lovable animated characters, and you would not struggle for a Top 1000 Disney’s most lovable animated characters
REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
– Nicolas Chamfort
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.” —Beyoncé
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
What do call a criminal landing an airplane? A ConDescending.
Love is…when you are my feel good factor
A time for Spring to begin 1st March…A time for Spring to begin 20th March
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