Carol the Coach: PROCRASTINATORS, ADAPTERS, AND ORGANIZERS

Your ability to deal with life’s requirements is dependant on how you operate on a daily basis. Most people fall under one of these personality descriptors: procrastinators, adapters, or organizers. Take a look at the following descriptions and decide which category fits you best.

Procrastinators chronically put off dealing with the daily requirements of life. They avoid the mundane responsibilities of life. They especially put off unpleasant tasks. Many people believe it is a part of their personalities and some even create a life to support procrastination.

I have a friend who proudly acknowledges “I always wait until the eleventh hour to get the job done.” College students are famous for it. “I didn’t open a book until the night before the test and then I crammed all night long.”

Some procrastinators never get to their goal or at best they start things but don’t get them finished. Although it causes mild stress, a procrastinator is somewhat comfortable with the avoidance and is able to successfully move on with out too much remorse or guilt. Procrastinators will fair better in the world if they improve the percentage of things they accomplish.

Adapters are reasonably good at attending to the regular routine of the day. They are able to assess what special needs their week might include and will alter their schedule accordingly. This may include a child’s birthday party, a visit to the hospital to see a friend, a closing on a rental property, or a court preceding that takes two and a half days longer than scheduled.

The Organizer looks at life in a regimented way. They are typically well organized and have rigid schedules. They do things by the book. Dinner is at six, paperwork is always attended to, and kids are put to bed before nine. When an emergency occurs, they immediately address plans to accommodate the needed change. They keep their schedule as routine as possible. They report feeling a little disoriented by the altered week, but as long as it is within their control, they feel a sense of satisfaction at their ability to have their “ducks in a row.” Organizers need to realize that their need for rigidity may be feeding their need to control. They may need to remind themselves that it’s okay for others to do things differently and not to perfection.

Which type of person are you? If you procrastinate at work, you will likely cause rifts with your coworkers. If you are overly organized and need things done ahead of schedule, you will likely aggravate those who work with you. If you are married to someone who is the direct opposite of you, then you will need to work together to find a compromise that works for both of you.

As you might imagine, an adapter is the healthiest type because they have a nice balance of organization and flexibility. They can go with the flow or adhere to the schedule. They typically get the job done and are able to accept their imperfections.

• Are you able to deal with the reasonable demands on your life?
• Do you see yourself as a procrastinator, an adapter, or an organizer?
• Do you believe your style is working to support a healthy environment and lifestyle?
• Do you think your style works for those around you?

Are you willing to change if you know that your habits bother other people? You might want to ask others how they view you to find out if they see you differently than you see yourself.