Yes, there’s such a thing as chronic procrastination–and it can be a serious problem. According to The Organization Against Chronic Procrastination, it's not just another word for laziness. In fact, "almost all who suffer from this condition wish that they were productive."
Joseph Ferrari, a psychology professor at DePaul University and a leading expert in the study of procrastination, says that telling a chronic procrastinator to just "do it" is like "telling a clinically depressed person to cheer up." According to him, you may be a chronic procrastinator when "you tend to be late during social gatherings, forget to restock your fridge, you miss a doctor’s appointment, or when your food goes bad because you never eat on time."
Think you're a chronic procrastinator? Here are some tips that could help you be more productive:
It may seem overwhelming at first, but you need to take that first step sooner or later. If you’re trying to make a presentation for your meeting the following day, start off with a draft of phrases and sentences–as long as you’re able to begin something.
Surround yourself with active people.
Immerse yourself in an environment where people are "doers." It would be better to work with people who are more likely to do things at once than those who delay tasks.
Practice positive procrastination.
Dr. John Perry, author of The Art of Procrastination, explains that the key to be more productive is by making more commitments while being methodical about it. He suggests you include impossible tasks that that look important (but have no significance at all) and put deadlines (that don’t really matter), too. At the end of the list, include the (doable) things that really matter. "Doing these tasks becomes a way of not doing the things higher up on the list," Dr. Perry says. Meaning, you're more likely to accomplish things that really need to be done and those are the ones at the bottom of the list.