The 8 Stages of Procrastinating at Work
Stage 1: Pre-Procrastination
The worst happens: Your boss gives you that one task you hate. And an EOD deadline.
Your immediate reaction is complete disbelief.
But since you're at the office, you keep a cool face on.
Stage 2: Denial
You try to get the task assigned to someone else.
But no one budges.
So you try to start the task—but get nowhere fast.
So this leaves you with one option: Put off this task as long as possible.
Stage 3: "Productive" Procrastination
First, you procrastinate by doing other assigned work.
Then, you clean out your work email inbox.
And your personal email inbox.
And your junk email inbox.
Then, you just start typing random stuff to looking busy.
Stage 4: Social Media Procrastination
You open up Facebook to stalk people from high school.
My goodness, their lives look cooler than yours.
Of course, you're doing all of this while trying to avoid your boss.
Soon, you start tweeting like a crazy person.
You have to keep your enthralled followers up-to-date, right?
Stage 5: Office Procrastination
You start to feel bored, so you clean your office space.
Before you know it, you find yourself in the kitchen snacking on anything you can get your hands on.
Stage 6: Procrastinating Procrastination
Uh oh, you're running out of things to do.
Yeah, procrastinating is getting boring.
Stage 7: Realization of Procrastination
Suddenly you look at the clock.
Only 30 minutes to get this task done?!
You race through it, never looking up.
And you finish with two minutes to spare.
Stage 8: Post-Procrastination
Huh, that wasn't so bad after all.
Until your boss asks you to do that task again tomorrow.
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Lily is a writer, editor, and social media manager, as well as co-founder of The Prospect, the world’s largest student-run college access organization. In addition to her writing with The Muse, she also serves as an editor at HelloFlo and Her Campus. Recently, she was named one of Glamour’s Top 10 College Women for her work helping underserved youth get into college. You can follow Lily on Twitter.More from this Author