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Chapter 23. Dealing with the Procrastina... > Do's and Don'ts for Dealing with Pro... - Pg. 243

Dealing with the Procrastinators Around You 243 You're Not Alone I'm surrounded by procrastinators. At work, it's colleagues who don't do their share. At home, it's a husband who's a dear but just doesn't get things done. I try to make plans with friends who can't commit to a simple lunch date until the last minute. I don't know whether to nag or just let it go. It drives me crazy! --Adrienne L., office manager If their procrastination is having a negative impact on your life, either at work, home, or elsewhere, then you have a right to do something about it. But if you aren't particularly affected by their delaying tactics and last-minute rushes, the matter is not so clear-cut. If it's someone you care about, and you see that procrastination is keeping that person from reaching his or her full potential, then you probably ought to say something about it. But if it's someone you don't know well and don't have frequent contact with, your concern might be misinterpreted as meddling. If you are a recovering procrastinator and do decide to intervene in a procrastinator's life, tread carefully. Remember what it was like to be one yourself. You may have been ashamed of your habit or afraid someone would find out how far behind the eight ball you were. Or you might've been proud of the habit in an odd sort of way and in denial about its effects on your and others' quality of life, brushing it off as a charming idiosyncrasy. You may not see a procrastination habit as a personal hot button akin to a drug, alcohol, or gambling