I prefer to call myself a multi-tasker who has so many projects going there's never enough time to finish any . . . rather than a procrastinator
I prefer to call myself a planner who takes planning so seriously that there is never enough time to finish the planning stage . . . rather than a procrastinator.
I prefer to call myself a creative type who is more invested in the process than the product . . . rather than a procrastinator.
I took this quiz to make sure I was right in my self assessment. (JW)
Your Procrastination Style Quiz
from: It's About Time: The 6 Styles of Procrastination and How to Overcome Them by Dr. Linda Sapadin
If "MUCH OF THE TIME" is MOSTLY correct for you with each question just circle the question number. Otherwise, go on to the next question
1. Do you have difficulty completing a project because your own high
standards have not been met?
2. Do you get preoccupied with details, rules or schedules that others don’t
seem to care much about?
3. Do you think a lot about things you want to accomplish, but rarely get them
off the ground or finished?
4. Do you wait for opportunities to drop into your lap rather than take an
active, “go-get-‘em” approach?
5. Do you paralyze yourself before starting a project, worrying so much about
the “what ifs” that you are too anxious or out of time to do the task?
6. Do you hesitate to leave your comfort zone, avoiding situations that might
cause stress or anxiety?
7. Do you become sulky, irritable or argumentative when asked to do a task
that you don’t want to do?
8. Do you take offense or are annoyed at suggestions from others regarding
how you could be more productive?
9. Do you ignore or put off deadlines, then at the last-minute work frantically
to get things done?
10. Do you enjoy, or take pride in, taking risks or living on the edge?
11. Do you have difficulty saying “no” to other’s requests and then feel
resentful or overwhelmed when it’s time to do them?
12. Do you run around doing things, without really feeling that you’re
accomplishing very much?
Your Procrastination Style Answers
If you’ve answered “Yes, that’s frequently me” to any of these questions, you probably know you’ve got a procrastination problem (You probably knew it before you took the test)
Now take a look at your “Procrastination Style(s)
Answered Yes to Questions 1 & 2 You are a Perfectionist Procrastinator
Answered Yes to Questions 3 & 4 You are a Dreamer Procrastinator
Answered Yes to Questions 5 & 6 You are a Worrier Procrastinator
Answered Yes to Questions 7 & 8 You are a Defier Procrastinator
Answered Yes to Questions 9 & 10 You are an Crisis-Maker Procrastinator
Answered Yes to Questions 11 & 12 You are an Over doer Procrastinator
Here’s a summary of what fuels your procrastination style:
Perfectionists procrastinate because they want everything to be perfect (that seems obvious!)
Dreamers procrastinate because they hate dealing with all those pesky bothersome details and enjoy the “what if”.
Worriers procrastinate because they are afraid of change and worry about “what if”.
Defiers procrastinate because their difficulty with authority makes them resent and resist doing tasks.
Crisis-Makers procrastinate because they love living on the edge, only get motivated at the last minute to enjoy the adrenaline that comes with crisis.
Over doers procrastinate because they have too much on their plate, don’t prioritize well and have difficulty getting it all done
Now I'm completely confused. I answered yes to half of each in perfecting, dreamer, over-doers. Luckily, I'm not a worrier or defier cuz I always defy myself to worry.