Chronic procrastination—it’s that nagging pull to delay tasks, the call of the snooze button you just can’t ignore, the endless deferring of what needs to be done. It’s not just the occasional “I’ll do it tomorrow,” but a relentless pattern that sweeps through your days, weeks, and even years.
For some, procrastination might be an every-now-and-then incident, for others, it’s an epidemic. According to Dr. Joseph Ferrari’s diligent research, an astounding 20% of people identify themselves as chronically procrastinators. Imagine one person in five locked in a constant dance with delay.
Why is this important? Because we need to understand that chronic procrastination isn’t merely about laziness or poor time management—it’s a serious issue that can impede progress, hamper personal growth, and even take a toll on mental health. Understanding chronic procrastination can be likened to solving a complex puzzle. We can only deal with chronic procrastination once we have understood it.
Acute Procrastination and Chronic Procrastination Acute Procrastination
Procrastination isn’t just a one-size-fits-all affair; there are nuances to it. Procrastination can be classified into two types: chronic and acute.