Activity Sheet: Putting Procrastination in Its PlaceAccording to Joseph Ferrari, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at De PaulUniversity in Chicago, there’s more than one flavor of procrastination. Peopleprocrastinate for different reasons. Dr. Ferrari identifies three basic types ofprocrastinators: Arousal types, or thrill-seekers, who wait to the last minute for the euphoric (jubilant) rush. Avoiders, who may be avoiding fear of failure or even fear of success, but in either case are very concerned with what others think of them; they would rather have others thing they lack effort than ability. Decisional procrastinators, who cannot make a decision. Not making a decision absolves procrastinators of responsibility for the outcome of events. 1. Determine what type of procrastinator you are. - I’m an avoider procrastinator. 2. Describe a time in which you fit the procrastinator type. - I was taking Marine Science class; the teacher was asking questions for an extra credit. He asked a question about octopus, I knew the answer to the question. Because of my shyness and thinking that my answer was foolish I didn’t answer. Then I was regretting because I needed that extra credit for the final exam. 3. Describe a negative consequence of your actions as one of the procrastinator types. - I felt so bad because I could have gotten the extra credit, I took my final exam and I got a B with an 89%, the teacher didn’t wanted to give the extra point that I was missing to get a 90% A. 4. Honestly assess why you procrastinate. What is the payoff for you? - I procrastinate because of my shyness, I have to be more open and talk what I think even if I make a mistake. Nobody is perfect, we are in the class to learn and make mistakes. The professor is there to help us succeed and correct our errors. I didn’t get the grade that I wanted/deserved, even though I study a lot for that test. I was really pissed off at me.
5. Describe two tricks that can keep you from procrastinating in situations like the one you described above. - I have to express myself, be more open and never let anybody think I am not smart. -Writing down the answer, question or concern; then letting know the professor with proofs that you knew the answer. Fear is the worst enemy. Adapted from http://www.psychologytoday.com/rss/pto-20030823-000001.html