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Quiz – Are You a Procrastinator?

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Procrastination quiz
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Just how bad is your procrastination habit? The fact is that we all procrastinate at some time or another. You might even be procrastinating right now by taking an online quiz instead of focusing on something else you really need to be doing. There are plenty of reasons why we procrastinate, but one of the first steps toward overcoming this often destructive tendency is to evaluate your own behavior.

I tend to delay finishing things, even when I know they are important.

  • a. Yes
  • b. Sometimes
  • c. No

Whenever I face a deadline, I always wait until the very last minute.

  • a. Yes
  • b. Sometimes
  • c. No

I have a tough time getting started, particularly with things that I don't enjoy doing.

  • a. Yes
  • b. Sometimes
  • c. No

When something is difficult or I'm not sure how to do it, I tend to put it off until later.

  • a. Yes
  • b. Sometimes
  • c. No

I like to make plans and to-do lists and I also follow through on them.

  • a. No
  • b. Sometimes
  • c. Yes

I often find myself stressed out by things that I need to get done at the last minute.

  • a. Yes
  • b. Sometimes
  • c. No

I regularly wait until the last moment to pay bills.

  • a. Yes
  • b. Sometimes
  • c. No

"Why do today what I can put off until tomorrow" sounds like my motto.

  • a. Yes
  • b. Sometimes
  • c. No

I'd like to improve my time management skills and habits, but it just seems like too much work.

  • a. Yes
  • b. Sometimes
  • c. No

When I'm working, I love to indulge in "time wasters" like playing online games, repeatedly checking my email, or browsing social networking websites.

  • a. Yes
  • b. Sometimes
  • c. No

Scoring Your Results

Mostly As: If you answered A on most of the questions, then you probably have a fairly serious problem with procrastination. Your habit of putting things off might be having a negative impact on multiple areas of your life, including your personal life, work, and social life.

Mostly Bs: If you answered B on most of the questions, then you probably don't have a terribly serious problem with procrastination. Sure, you might find yourself dawdling on certain things, but you have managed to avoid making a habit out of dithering.

Mostly Cs: If you answered C on most of the questions, then you are not much of a procrastinator. You are good at organizing your time. You enjoy tackling projects and crossing them off of your to-do list.

If your results do indicate that you have a problem with delaying things until the last minute, then be sure to check out some of the following resources that might help you overcome your bad habit:

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