Are you suffering from: Someday syndrome

Procrastinators know when they are putting things off (eg, the boss has come in for the third time looking for the report that was due yesterday, and is not happy).

by Helen Kirwan-Taylor -
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Someday Syndrome is the thought that one day I will: start my own business, write a book, take up golfing, visit Rome. It stokes up the desire without necessarily demanding any work on your part. Dreaming is, after all, accepting that things will never happen. With Someday Syndrome, sufferers really believe they will do it, but not right now. They might go as far as to write lists and join clubs; they just never get beyond that. Many coaches specialise in this disorder, often by getting clients to start tackling Someday today. Someone wishing to get fit must put their trainers on that minute and go. The get-going school of thought often works, but it tends to shift the Someday Syndrome elsewhere. Thinking about how you will write the great novel is a nice way of getting through a boring meeting, after all.

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