Monday, July 31
I was procrastinating the other day reading a website for Procrastinators Anonymous, a group based on the assertion that chronic procrastination is a potentially life-spoiling problem for many people and should be approached the way one would approach familiar addictions. Their cheery slogan: "Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried." Following the links led me to one list of the ten key traits of the pathological chronic procrastinators:
1. Disappointment is a way of life with us. We constantly disappoint other people and ourselves by not keeping promises that we make.
2. We constantly seek excitement and attention through the negative attention generated by passive aggressive behavior. The excitement comes from not knowing how the person we have "wronged" will react when we see him/her again.
3. We constantly place people in a position of power over us by default.
4. We have taken on the role of nice but ineffectual people.
5. We do not like to be depended upon.
6. We are regularly late for appointments.
7. We regularly procrastinate greatly over the things we have to do. In school this results in incomplete grades, at work in projects that get delayed or dropped, at home in a disheveled place that we are embarrassed to bring people to.
8. We tend to put off making decisions. Many of our decisions are made for us by the process of indecision, life's inevitable way of making the decisions for us whether we like it or not.
9. We tend to stay single to a late age or not to get married at all, tend to greatly delay breaking off inappropriate relationships, and/or tend to avoid committed relationships.
10. We tend to avoid concentrating on projects at hand, engaging in daydreaming or switching to other less important tasks.
Whew! I'm glad only like seven or eight of those apply directly, indeed almost unnervingly, to me. Otherwise, I might be concerned.

4 comments:

kodachrome said...
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kodachrome said...

No, no, no, no, no. I'll give you 8 and 10. If you want 9, you can have it, but only because it can, but does not necessarily follow from 8 and 10. It does not get it's own bullet point. The rest should go on a different website for people steeped in self-doubt and blame, but who need a website to get further confirmation that they are, indeed big losers.

Scarlet. Listen. That's not you, and it's not us. We are not procrastinators. We are all in a profession that tries to tell us we're procrastinators while literally burrying us with work, responsibilities, "opportunities" and things we "really ought to do." The fact that it sometimes leaves us staring at the wall contemplating dust particles is neither surprising nor the result of personal shortcoming.

fraud, in denim said...

What is this: We constantly seek excitement and attention through the negative attention generated by passive aggressive behavior. The excitement comes from not knowing how the person we have "wronged" will react when we see him/her again. How does it relate to procrastination at all?

I'm with kodachrome and think this list is bunk. I'm a chronic procrastinator and I'm always on time, always! ;)

Turquoise Stuff said...

I'm with both previous commenters. First, what does all this have to do with relationships at such a general level? I don't think so. I mean, perhaps little things in relating to people (whether in a romantic relationship or not), but procrastination being equated with singlehood? Hah.

And I agree with Fraud that you can be a very good procrastinator, but still show up on time and be responsible when it comes to immediate exposure to/contact with others.

#2 I just don't get and it seems to me like a note written by someone who was mega-procrastinating something else while writing that list.

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