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Chapter 23. Dealing with the Procrastina... > Do's and Don'ts for Dealing with Pro... - Pg. 245

Dealing with the Procrastinators Around You 245 Do be explicit when telling someone how to do something, especially if it seems that person has been procrastinating because he or she didn't know how to do the task or didn't have the tools to do it with. Matter of Fact When dealing with someone whose ethnic background, national origin, or native language is different from yours, you must take those cultural differences into account. Each culture has its own unique perspective on time and the value it places on efficiency. Even language affects how and when we get things done. For example, in Arabic, the word bukra means both tomorrow and future. So if a native Arabic speaker says, "Tomorrow, when I do X," but X doesn't happen the next day, it might be because he meant, "In the future, when I do X"! Don't give overly detailed instructions if the person has been procrastinating as a way to rebel against your control. Do let the person have more control over how, when, and where the task should be done. Em- powering a rebellious type is more effective than becoming even more controlling. Don't send the person off to fend for himself or herself until the due date or final deadline. Do follow the "do dates, not due dates" strategy by establishing mini-deadlines and checkpoints.