Procrastination is a problem many of us suffer from all our lives. There’s a saying, variously attributed to Charles Dickens, Edward Young, and others: “Every minute spent procrastinating is a minute lost forever.” Those lost minutes take with them many dreams, hopes, and plans, perhaps adding up to a lifetime of lost time. Getting a grip on procrastination now is a key to achieving your goals.
Discussion questions are used by work groups who are taking courses concurrently and want to engage in a conversation about the course content. The use of discussion questions is optional.
- Can you think of a recent situation where you or someone you know procrastinated? What (if anything) got the ball rolling? What was the impact of the procrastination?
- What impact, if any, did the section on the neuropsychology of procrastination have on you? Is it helpful to learn that procrastination is basically an emotional response to the triggers identified in this course?
- To what extent is accountability instrumental to overcoming procrastination? Does your organization have mechanisms in place to foster appropriate accountability? What changes would be helpful, if any?
- What approaches have you used to overcome a procrastination trigger successfully in the past (boring, frustrating, ambiguous, difficult, unstructured, unrewarding, or unmeaningful)? What tactics have you thought of during this course that you would like to try? Are there any you feel our organization should pursue?
- Do you “disconnect” as described in this course when working on your projects? Why or why not? If you did disconnect, was it beneficial?
- What benefit do you think there is to discovering that procrastination is just a bad habit?
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