Jane B. Burka



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Procrastination: Why You Do...

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“Some people would rather suffer the consequences of procrastination than the humiliation of trying and not doing as well as they had hoped.”
Jane B. Burka, Procrastination: Why You Do It, What To Do About It

“Perfectionists fear that if they make a wrong decision, they will think less of themselves and their feeling of regret will be intolerable. But underneath this apprehension is a belief that they can (and should) be omniscient—able to read the future and guarantee how things will turn out. It is a childhood fantasy that grown-ups know everything (how did your parents figure out that you were lying anyway?) and most of us harbor the wish that someday we, too, will know and control everything. It is indeed hard to accept the reality that we are neither omniscient nor omnipotent—and neither were our parents.”
Jane B. Burka, Procrastination: Why You Do It, What To Do About It

“All of these experiences have reinforced our idea that procrastination is not primarily a time management problem or a moral failing but a complex psychological issue. At its core, problem procrastination is a problem with one’s relationship to oneself, reflecting a shaky sense of self-esteem. In our first book, we called it a problem of self-worth. Now we emphasize that self-worth is rooted in the capacity for acceptance, which includes acceptance of our biology, our history, our circumstances, and our many human limits.”
Jane B. Burka, Procrastination: Why You Do It, What To Do About It



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