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Dr. Linda Sapadin      Dr. Linda Sapadin
          Success Coach

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is it Harder to Beat Procrastination in the Digital Age?
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Accessible, appealing, addictive distractions are everywhere. Beepers beckon. Diversions call. Entertainment entices. Digital devices tempt. Social networks seduce. Add up the hours you spend on stuff that has nothing to do with your personal or career goals. Now, is it any wonder that you’re teetering on the edge of the Boulevard of Broken Dreams?

Q: What Exactly is Procrastination?
A: We bandy around the word procrastination all the time. But what exactly is it? Some people believe it’s nothing more than laziness. Sorry, not true. The crux of procrastination is that it’s an unresolved “approach-avoidance” conflict.
A part of you knows you need (or even want) to do a task but another part of you resists doing it. Like a Hamlet in the world of action, you’re torn between two impulses: “to do or not to do.” Such ambivalence makes it tough for you to choose a clear commitment to action.

Q: But Doesn’t Everybody Procrastinate?
A:People aren’t perfect. Procrastination happens. A messy closet remains that way, even though you promised yourself you’d get to it. A tough talk is delayed until you have no choice. A response to a request falls through the cracks.
For many, however, procrastination is not something that happens on occasion; it’s a chronic, pervasive and deeply rooted pattern. If you are one of these people, you know you have a built-in tendency to let things slide—not only with challenging tasks but even with simple ones. A quiz in the book will help you discover how pervasive your procrastination problem is.

Q: Why is Procrastination so Hard to Change?
A: Because procrastination is driven by strong emotions and tenacious personality traits, it’s tough to change. If it were a simple matter, like “making resolutions” or “just doing it,” surely your mom’s nagging and your teacher’s scolding would have cured you of it years go.
To change an embedded habit, you need to implement specific skills and strategies that are tailored to your personality style. This is essential, as the right advice for one style is the wrong advice for another. One change program does not fit all.


Q: Help! I Relate to More than One Style of Procrastination. What does that mean?
A: Don’t panic. Since these are human traits, it’s not unusual for you to identify with all of them, even though 1 or 2 will probably jump out at you. These 6 styles represent the outer polarities of 3 traits:

Attention to Details: The perfectionist pays too much attention to details; the dreamer doesn’t pay enough attention.

Focus on the Future: The worrier is too concerned about what might happen if; the crisis-maker is not sufficiently concerned (until crunch time).

Relating to Others: The defier goes against what others want; the pleaser is excessively oriented to what others want.  


Q: How will the Change Program Help Me Reach My Goals?
A:
It will help you develop the improved, upgraded, version of you! No need for a personality makeover. Here are a few of the things you’ll learn.

    Greater awareness of your personality’s
    strengths and weaknesses,
    Empowering thinking, speaking and acting
    skills
    Creative guided imagery exercises    
    Stimulating to-do assignments
    The 5 stages of change
    How to stay on track
    How technology can boost your
    productivity.


Q: Who will Benefit from the Book or from Coaching Sessions? 

A:
YOU, if you wish to enhance your performance, attain your goals and overcome self-defeating patterns. "How to Beat Procrastination in the Digital Age" will provide you with the skills and strategies you need to turn your life around. If you want to reach your goals as quickly as you can, consider individual coaching sessions. Click here for more info.


Q: What if I Know Someone who is in Desperate Need of Your Book but is in Denial?  
A:
Be proactive. Buy the book as a gift. You’re probably frustrated watching your friend (or family member) not doing as well as he (or she) could.  Tell your friend you’re hoping this gift will help him achieve the success he deserves. Then step back. You can’t make it happen for your friend; you can only provide him with the resources he needs to make it happen.