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In this episode of the Personality Hacker podcast, Joel and Antonia contrast laziness vs procrastination and unpack why each personality type procrastinates.


In this podcast you’ll find:

  • What does it look like to struggle with procrastination in the various areas of your life?
  • What we mean by the term procrastination – and the two distinct styles.
  • How we can rob ourselves of our future.
  • What’s the difference between laziness and procrastination?
  • How procrastination affects our self perception.
  • How and why do we outsource our priorities?
  • Why overcoming perfectionism can help us procrastinate less.
  • What causes us to procrastinate in the first place?
  • How can we learn from our past mistakes?
  • Why it’s important to learn when you are certain and uncertain about something.
  • How your personality type’s functions affect the way you procrastinate.
    • The role of our Copilot function.
    • Achieving balance through your 10 Year Old.
    • The relationship between our 3 Year Old and uncertainty.
  • How to motivate yourself to take action.
  • Why you should create a life that aligns with your Driver and Copilot functions.

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1 comment

  • Andrew John
    • Andrew John
    • July 8, 2023 at 5:04 pm

    This was fantastic. So relevant to my personal experience of procrastinating as an INFJ.

    Intuiting is effortless and doesn’t involve any observable action so it basically doesn’t appear to an onlooker like I’m ‘doing’ anything. I am – I’m soaking up input from all 5 senses and then using up a lot of subconscious energy processing all my ‘passive’ absorbing of all that’s transpired around me. And then the insight into a situation or event comes that no one else receives or sees.

    Great insight re 2nd driver. When my extroverted feeling is in the service of others I never procrastinate. I will move heaven and earth and have made huge sacrifices that ST, SP, and NT people think are over the top because they certainly wouldn’t uproot their life to assist those in need (later they’ll admit I was right and that without my support those in need would not have made it through a situation).

    Where I have procrastinated badly is in not doing the writing I feel called to do. Recording/reporting my insights and experiences, both mistakes and wins for the benefit of others is something I know can help many from suffering as I did but they don’t have to. But ‘thinking’ (3rd function) it all out into a reasoned and logical presentation so that others won’t dismiss it (intuitions that have guided me) as ridiculous is so draining and overwhelming. Too many of my earlier writing coaches (NT and ST teachers) insisted emotions be removed from all arguments. Just the facts please! OMG did that make writing so dull and lifeless :(

    As for taking action in the physical world? Fortunately I grew up in a very practical arena (a farm) so I had to learn how to do many practical things and am actually competent in so many skills. And yet despite this I still hesitate to act in the physical realm because I still don’t feel competent even though I am. So I put off many things. I hate clutter so keep things fairly tidy, or at least only tolerate mess for a day at most. But if I have a practical project I will leave it until the looming deadline is what forces me to act. I’m not lazy, I can and have, done masses of hard physical labor, and even enjoy it once in the swing of it. But the uncertainty of whether I will make the right decisions in the moment when taking physical action causes me to hold off no matter I’ve had plenty of success dojng things well.

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