How does one get over serious procrastination?
24 Jun 07
A good many of us are in habit of postponing things - procrastination, as it is called. But there are ways of overcoming it. Becoming aware of the causes of procrastination is half the battle won. Give a little time for all activities without overloading your schedule. Self-doubt and fear of failure - this is the basic feeling that some of the procrastinators have. Either they must be perfectionist or they do not start at all because they feel they would not do well. Break up job into small parts and start doing it, bit by bit. At least you will have completed a little bit of work. You can't settle all the cupboards in your house in just an hour or so! Proceed two t shelves per day at a particular time. In a few bit organized but not perfect. Interruption and time - this most common one is the doorbell or the telephone ringing every now and then. The best method of preventing such distractions is to schedule your work at a time when there are usually no interruptions. it might involve a little inconvenience, say, in afternoon which is easier to to swim with current. Another idea is daily planning your activities night before.
• United States
21 May 07
I become more and more a procrastinator since I've been retired for health reasons. It is easy to not do things when there is no real pressure to get them done, especially if I don't feel well. I'll say, "I don't feel like doing that right now." And then I put it off until it becomes urgent or until it is too late to take advantage of whatever it was to do. I really don't like that in myself. I end up feeling lazy and useless. And even though I really hate that I procrastinate, I still do it! Yeah, something more than "get moving" need to occur, cause I already know that I need to get moving. It isn't knowledge, it is motivation. When I'm passionate about something I go after it. I'm motivated to paint pictures but not motivated to file paperwork. So my home office looks a shambles of piles of papers to be filed. I'm beginning to wonder if I'm depressed. The things I used to be interested in and motivated to do just don't do it for me now. I don't want to do any of the things I "should" do. What do you think? Is procrastination's lack of motivation a kind of depression or maybe rebellion?