"Everybody procrastinates, but not everyone is a procrastinator. People think waiting and dawdling is procrastination, but it's not," says Joseph Ferrari, Ph.D., psychology professor at DePaul University in Chicago and author of the upcoming book Still Procrastinating? The No Regrets Guide to Getting It Done. What's the difference? When you procrastinate, Ferrari says, "you're purposely postponing something you intend to do and then feeling anxious about it."
Ferrari estimates that 20 percent of men and women internationally are chronic procrastinators, often afraid of failure--or of success. "They delay because it gives them a ready excuse if the situation should fail," he says. "They would rather other people think they lack effort than that they lack ability." Whether it's chronic or just occasional, though, procrastination can have a detrimental effect on your personal life and career advancement. If you find yourself stalling, try these 8 tips to overcome it.