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Chapter 2. The Procrastination Epidemic > When It's a Good Thing - Pg. 15

The Procrastination Epidemic --Anonymous 15 Procrastination often happens with tasks that you expect are going to be difficult, such as quitting smoking. It also happens with projects that seem overwhelming or that you don't know how to begin, such as clearing out clutter that's been building up for years. Or you might put off doing something because it's boring, opting instead to spend your time on more fun or challenging pursuits. On the other hand, you might be the type who is pretty good about getting things started but runs out of steam midway through and doesn't finish. This kind of procrastination happens frequently with projects that involve many steps and have to be carried out over a long period of time, such as writing reports or reaching self-improvement goals such as losing weight, getting fit, or learning something new. You start out with the best of intentions, but you give up or get distracted before reaching your goals. What It Feels Like Procrastination can feel like an addiction. You may have the sensation of being out of control and powerless to do anything about it. You feel as though some force within is controlling your actions. You can't figure out where that force comes from or how to curb it. Just as is sometimes the case with addictions to alcohol, drugs, gambling, or food, procrastinating behavior is often the result of giving in to impulses, having a negative self-concept, or being in an environment that enables the habit. Unlike some other addictions, however, procrastination is not a disease. It is simply a habit, a habit you can have power over. Action Tactic