The Procrastinator’s Guide to New Year’s Resolutions

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As the New Year rolls in, it's like a stage set for renewal—our collective cue to turn the page. This Guide to New Year's Resolutions is not just a set of tips; it's a companion for the chronic procrastinators who often embrace this time with a mix of hope and quiet urgency. This, we tell ourselves, is the moment we'll conquer our old nemesis: procrastination.

About 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, only about 8 percent succeed, according to a University of Scranton study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Yet, this Guide to New Year's Resolutions also acknowledges the familiarity in the pattern that unfolds—resolutions made with a burst of optimism, then the slow, sometimes imperceptible slide back into old habits.

It is not just about willpower; it's about understanding that our dance with procrastination is more than a habit—it's a complex rhythm, informed by our deepest fears and unspoken dreams. It's about how we navigate fear, self-doubt, and our inner critic.

If this rings true for you, know that you're in good company. As we step into this New Year, armed with this Guide to New Year's Resolutions, let's do so with eyes wide open, ready to delve deeper into the why of our procrastination.

6 children each unique type

Your Guide to New Year’s Resolutions: Meeting the Six Procrastinators Within Us

Our dance with procrastination is as varied as our personalities. Recognizing our type with this Guide to New Year's Resolutions can be a revelation, shedding light on our paths forward.

Here's a glimpse into the minds of each type and their New Year's resolutions sentiments:

1. The Active Procrastinator

The Active Procrastinator, bot with a mask

You're energized by the countdown, finding a thrill in the last-minute dash.

Your mantra might be, "I work best under pressure." 

But you also know, "This rush can leave me breathless."

Set resolutions to pace your passion and the intensity of last-minute pressure. Allow the rhythm of anticipation to motivate, not just the looming deadline.

2. The Passive Procrastinator

Little girl lounging

Ideas bloom like flowers in your mind, yet often, they don't find their way to the tangible world.

You dream, "One day, I'll cultivate these seeds." 

While whispering, "But where do I start?"

Let your resolutions be the garden beds, with each small step nurturing the blossoms of your potential.

3. The Perfectionist Procrastinator

organized little girl

Your eyes are fixed on the constellations of possibility, yet the fear of a misstep can anchor you to the ground.

You declare, "I'll reach for perfection."

But silently admit, "I'm scared to fall short."

Embrace the imperfect journey in your resolutions, for it's the stardust of effort that truly makes us shine.

4. The Decision Paralysis Procrastinator

Confused boy

A thinker, you chart the course of every wind, considering each direction.

Your hope says, "I want to choose wisely."

But doubt counters, "What if I'm wrong?"

Craft resolutions that are stepping stones across the river of decision, each one a solid place to stand and reflect.

5. The Strategist Procrastinator

Purposeful procrastinator, boy deep in thought on his next move on the chessboard

Your vigor is a force, plotting courses that could rival any general's campaign.

With optimism you claim, "I can handle it all."

Yet sometimes you find, "I've out planned my own peace."

Pick resolutions that harness your energy without diluting it, focusing on what replenishes rather than depletes you.

6. The Rebel Procrastinator

Girl with messy makeup

A maverick soul, you tread your path, unswayed by the chorus of conventional expectations.

You boldly state,"I'll do it my way!"

Yet there's a quiet, "But will I do it at all?"

Align your resolutions with your deepest convictions, for they are the ones that will call you to action.

As you connect with one or more of these procrastinator archetypes, consider taking a moment to reflect on what resolutions resonate with you using this Guide to New Year’s Resolutions.

For a fun twist on self-discovery, consider clicking on this Friends TV Show Quiz, where you might find which procrastinator type you align with through the lens of a beloved sitcom. It's a light-hearted way to start a deeper conversation with yourself about the year ahead.

heart on blue background

A Path Forward: Heart-Centered Resolutions

Embracing resolutions as a procrastinator is about understanding the dance between your heart and your actions.

It's about small steps, celebrating progress, and being kind to yourself along the way. Seeking support is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Recognize that resolve will sometimes waver; it's part of the journey that this Guide to New Year’s Resolutions will help navigate.

Share your aspirations and learn from each setback, cultivating resilience. Let your resolutions be beacons guiding you toward who you wish to become, one heartfelt intention at a time.

child on journey with suitcase

Closing Thoughts: A Journey of Self-Discovery

As we usher in the New Year, let's view our resolutions as milestones on a journey of self-acceptance and growth.

This Guide to New Year’s Resolutions is here to help you recognizing your rhythm with procrastination is the initial, brave step on this path.

Each resolution, as outlined in this Guide to New Year’s Resolutions, is a pledge to nurture a part of ourselves, a beacon to guide us through the year.

Let's honor our progress, understand our stumbles, and embrace the learning that each step brings. Together, we walk this path, discovering our potential one resolution at a time.

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