Procrastination Style, Part II – My Inner Conflicts

It’s About Time: The 6 Styles of Procrastination and How to Overcome Them

by Dr. Linda Sapadin

“Chronic procrastinators are not lazy; they simply need to cultivate a more natural and fluid transition from mental activity to physical activity, while allowing an appropriate amount of time and energy to complete the task. To do this, the procrastinator first needs to understand the inner conflicts that produced the procrastination pattern. This book provides a quiz to help the reader understand which procrastination style or combination of styles best fists them, and it offers suggestions for changing how you think, speak and act, based on your procrastination style. Here is a review of the six styles.”

If you haven’t already, take the quiz click PART I – HERE

Style #1:  Perfectionist.  Reluctant to start or finish a task because they don’t want anything less than perfect.

Personality Type:  Critical
Thinking Style:  All or nothing
Speaking Style:  I should…  I have to…
Acting Style  Flawless
Psychological  Need For:  Control

Style #2:  Dreamer.  They don’t like details.  This makes ideas difficult to implement.

Personality Type:  Fanciful
Thinking Style:  Vague
Speaking Style:  I wish…
Acting Style:  Passive
Psychological need for:  Being special

Style #3:  Worrier.  They have an excessive need for security, causing them to fear risk.  They fear change, causing them to avoid finishing projects so they don’t have to leave the comfort of the “known.”

Personality Type:  Fearful
Thinking Style:  Indecisive
Speaking Style:  What if…?
Acting Style:  Cautious
Psychological Need For:  Security

Style #4:  Defier.  A rebel seeking to buck the rules.  By procrastinating, they are setting their own schedule — one that nobody else can predict or control.  More subtle forms are called passive-aggressive.

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Personality Type:  Resistant
Thinking Style:  Oppositional
Speaking Style:  Why should I…?
Acting Style:  Rebellious
Psychological Need For:  Non-conformity

Style #5:  Crisis-Maker.  Addicted to the adrenaline rush of living on the edge.

Personality Type:  Over-emotional
Thinking Style:  Agitated
Speaking Style:  Extremes – “Unbelievable”
Acting Style:  Dramatic
Psychological Need For:  Attention

Style #6:  Over-Doer.  Says yes to too much because they are unable or unwilling to make choices and establish priorities.  They have difficulty making decisions.  Prime candidate for burnout.

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Personality Type:  Busy
Thinking Style:  Compelled
Speaking Style:  Can’t say “no”
Acting Style:  Do-it-all
Psychological Need For:  Self-reliance

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Now that I’ve read all 6 styles my profile is:

  • Personality type is Dreamer #2  (Fanciful)
  • Thinking style is #1 Perfectionist  (All or Nothing)
  • Speaking style is #5  Crisis Maker (Extremes)
  • Acting style is  #2 Dreamer (Passive)  
  • Psychological style is #6- (Self-Reliance) 

I’m an all-purpose, well-rounded procrastinator.

(Dr. Linda Sapadin doesn’t address that  category in her book . . . I’ll have to write my own book . . . when I get around to it.)

Coming! Part III-SOLUTIONS for your procrastinator style