Depression and Procrastination: Twins in the Job Search

My definition of procrastination is that a person delays and delays actions that are required by a job or actions necessary to accomplish something in everyday life.

Depression is a mental state that "almost freezes" a person into no action at all.

While procrastination can be over- come by a change of behavior and attitude, depression has its core issues of lassitude, feelings of hopelessness, anger and of giving up.

What do the two have in common? I think that procrastination is often a temporary trait, but depression is something that will takes lots of time and energy to overcome. Both lead to a lack of action.

It is action, however, that has to take place for a job seeker to have success. Personal procras- tination takes time to overcome. Overcoming depression, if it is long- term, may take the intervention of either a professional or drug therapy.

Both mental places have the effect of "dampening down" the actions of the job seeker. Elimination of both of these negative states of mind, has to take place for a job seeker to be minimally effective.

I think it is the "keep moving" philosophy that works!

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