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Chapter 12. Can You Stop Procrastinating? > Are You a Procrastinator?*

Are You a Procrastinator?*

Millions of people, with otherwise good intentions, postpone important things they know they should be doing. You’re one of them if you respond positively to each of the following statements: (Be truthful.)

  1. I know who and what I am…but I want something better!

  2. I’m frustrated because I can’t do everything I want to do.

  3. I’m delaying an important task I know I should be working on and that bothers me. (Your task could be: asking for a raise, finishing a report, calling on a prospect, starting a new career, studying for an examination, etc.). Add your own:

    My Task: ________________________________________

  4. My task is important because this is what will happen if I don’t do it:

    The Consequence: ___________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

  5. My task has a beginning, an ending, and a definite outcome (e.g., making a sale, getting a raise, producing a document).

    The Beginning: _______________________________________

    The Ending: _________________________________________

    The Specific Outcome:_________________________________

  6. There is a specific day, month, hour, or year on which I hope to have my task completed and I know what’s early and what’s late. The Completion Date: ___________________________________________

  7. I am deliberately doing something else to avoid my task (e.g., eating, drinking, sleeping, playing dead, playing tennis, doing busywork). Add your own:

    My Delaying Tactics: ___________________________________________

  8. I know in my heart that I really should be doing this task and I feel guilty about not doing it.

    Yes ________ No ________


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