Procrastination:
Thief of Time
Thought leads
to behavior
Who procrastinate
 Raise
your hand!?!
– Why do you procrastinate?
 The
choice of procrastination is
yours. Take responsibility!
The Why of procrastination
 Rationalization
– one way to explain (think) away your
actions when they don’t match up
with your values or plans.
 original
 It
mind game
may seem reasonable but don’t
reflect the real reason
3 components to rationalization
Who
- often it is you
situation - often it is academic
excuse - sounds reasonable…
but is it?
Real reasons for procrastination
 Lack
of self-confidence
 Low frustration tolerance
– Under pressure - proactive vs. reactive
 Hostility
“ideal fairness”
– Life/time is not giving what you want
 It
is important that you can see the
difference from rationalizations and
real reasons
Procrastination Cycle
potentially
difficult
situation
Next time
(getting squeezed)
Behavior
Self-beliefs
(procrastinate)
(Run away)
(can’t cope w/ this)
Feelings
(anxiety, fear, anger)
How Did This Happen?
 A LITTLE
DEMON
You!
A LITTLE DEMON
 The
pleasure Principle
– You want to have Fun
 The
finger of Blame
– You externalize and blame others
 Unmask
the Demon
Procrastination “Busting”
 Make
a conscious effort to change
– Use feedback to fight back
– Keep track - monitor
– Tell yourself - best buddy
– Ask others how they do it
– Set goals w/ bite size pieces
– Take responsibility to respond
– Think positive and Plan!
Main Point
Differentiating between
“rationalizations” and
“real reasons” affect
what you believe, thus
affecting everything
else.
“Life often gets in the way
of the best-laid plans.”
 UFOs
(UnForseen Obstacles)
 Setbacks in your quest for better
time management
– productive vs. less productive days
 Still
stick with it - this is a learning
process
 Avoid
procrastination in your goal of
avoiding procrastination!
 Remember you control/manage
your life
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Procrastination: Thief of Time