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
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
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
I think it is the "keep moving" philosophy that works!
Marilyn J. Tellez, M.A.
Certified Job & Career Transition Coach