A procrastination research conference recently took place, and what was one of the biggest things attendees learned? That 20% of people are true, chronic procrastinators. So how is procrastination defined? According to Dr. Joseph Ferrari, one of the organizer's of the conference, procrastination is "the purposive and frequent delay in beginning or completing a task to the point of experiencing subjective discomfort, such as anxiety or regret." While most people occasionally procrastinate, 20% of people are chronic procrastinators.
Chronic procrastinators procrastinate in such a way that it causes shame and the undermining of goals. Those in charge of the conference said that chronic procrastinators suffer from, "broken marriages, lost jobs, deflated dreams, financial disarray and self-esteem issues."
Chronic procrastinators are not geographically or culturally grouped, and in fact research shows the 20% number translates all over the world.
So if you are a chronic procrastinator, how do you curb the habit? The advice given at the conference was to, "Accept that changing will require learning to manage your thoughts and emotions more than figuring out how to manage your time." Basically, procrastination is more of a psychological problem than a time management one.
So if you are in that 20%, know that you're not alone. Also know that the secret to changing your procrastinating ways is not life hacks, it's a change of thought processes.