You know you work better under pressure, preferring to put things off until it's really crunch time.
After all, why do right now what you could put off for just another few hours?
There are those people who jump on each task the minute it comes up, ritually crossing to-do items off their list one by one, satisfied at the end of the day that there's nothing left to accomplish.
And then there are procrastinators.
Granted, some people actually seem to work better under their own self-imposed pressure. But according to psychologist Dr. Joseph Ferrari of DePaul University, procrastination is a time-waster driven by negative emotions.
The key to fixing your procrastination habit? Understanding what drives you to put things off.
Dr. Ferrari identifies three types of procrastinators in his flowchart infographic, What Type of Time Waster Are You?
Gaining an understanding of the motives and negative emotions behind your procrastination can help you combat it.
Thrill Seekers, for example, actually enjoy the feeling of working against a deadline. Dr. Ferrari offers tip for this particular time waster to still get that adrenaline rush while using their time more effectively.
Indecisive procrastinators, on the other hand, tend to be perfectionists who put tasks off in an attempt to shift responsibility away from themselves.
So let's see... are you a Thrill-Seeker, an Avoider, or Indecisive? Work through Dr. Ferrari's procrastination flowchart and see. Then check out these 15 Procrastination-Beating Techniques to get yourself back on track.