Characteristics of Procrastinators
This list of characteristics is from a "laundry list" contributed to Latecomers & Procrastinators Anonymous of New York City by "Joe L. et al." (This fellowship is different from Procrastinators Anonymous, and seems to have disappeared.)
We have found through our group experience that many of us have or identify with the following characteristics. You need not identify with all of them or order to be a chronic procrastinator.
- Disappointment is a way of life with us. We constantly disappoint other people and ourselves by not keeping promises that we make.
- 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.
- We constantly place people in a position of power over us by default.
- We have taken on the role of nice but ineffectual people.
- We do not like to be depended upon.
- We are regularly late for appointments.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- We tend to avoid concentrating on projects at hand, engaging in daydreaming or switching to other less important tasks.