Break RoomThe 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. Source Source Your immediate reaction is complete disbelief. Source Then frustration. Source But since you're at the office, you keep a cool face on. Source Stage 2: Denial You try to get the task assigned to someone else. Source But no one budges. Source So you try to start the task—but get nowhere fast. Source Source So this leaves you with one option: Put off this task as long as possible. Source Stage 3: "Productive" Procrastination First, you procrastinate by doing other assigned work. Source Then, you clean out your work email inbox. Source And your personal email inbox. Source And your junk email inbox. Source Then, you just start typing random stuff to looking busy. Source Stage 4: Social Media Procrastination You open up Facebook to stalk people from high school. Source My goodness, their lives look cooler than yours. Source Of course, you're doing all of this while trying to avoid your boss. Source Soon, you start tweeting like a crazy person. Source You have to keep your enthralled followers up-to-date, right? Source Stage 5: Office Procrastination You start to feel bored, so you clean your office space. Source Before you know it, you find yourself in the kitchen snacking on anything you can get your hands on. Source Stage 6: Procrastinating Procrastination Uh oh, you're running out of things to do. Source Yeah, procrastinating is getting boring. Source Stage 7: Realization of Procrastination Suddenly you look at the clock. Source Only 30 minutes to get this task done?! Source You race through it, never looking up. Source And you finish with two minutes to spare. Source Stage 8: Post-Procrastination Huh, that wasn't so bad after all. Source Until your boss asks you to do that task again tomorrow. Source How about... Source Photo of clock courtesy of Shutterstock.