[Quiz] Do You Procrastinate?

“Procrastination is a success killer. It is time to get on top of it”

While we all procrastinate at times, for 20% of people it is a serious problem, undermining their effectiveness – not to mention their confidence.

Definition of Procrastination:

When you delay work that you know is necessary to accomplish your goal and advance your agenda, you are procrastinating.

Did you know?

There is a connection between procrastination and managing your emotions.  Researchers found the amygdala, the brain’s security guard that activates the alarm in the flight or fight response, is larger in people who procrastinate, and the connection to the decision making center is weaker.

This means that when stressed, someone who procrastinates will have a harder time making decisions; there is a tendency to put off taking action. This sets up a vicious cycle!

During the stress reaction (flight or fight), the brain evaluates the experience, is this a threat and something I should avoid? This delays any action and increases anxiety. It ends up taking longer to think it through. Unfortunately, the brain “learns” this causes increased anxiety  and may decide against acting.

Because our brain is plastic – it can learn something new! This makes it possible to change your reaction. Plasticity says when you keep doing something the same way, it becomes your default mode. Change how you respond and your brain will “learn” it is OK to take action. 

Take the Quiz!

Answer the questions using a 1-10 scale. 10 means that statement is consistently true for you. 1 indicates this is rarely true.

1. I prepare ahead of time.
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How did you do on the Quiz?

What did you learn about your reactions?

Mindfulness training has been shown to shrink the amygdala and  improve the connections to the part of the brain (prefrontal cortex), that is responsible for higher functions like decisions and perspective.

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Dr. Cynthia Howard

Dr. Cynthia Howard has worked with thousands of leaders, professionals and business owners and recognized the unique challenges leaders have in managing, inspiring, and engaging their teams while maintaining their boundaries, passion and reason they chose to lead.

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