How Do You Deal With Procrastination?

United States
October 10, 2008 8:58pm CST
I'm trying to come up with ways of sending that procrastination monster to the curb. What do you do when your brain tells you it can wait til tomorrow, five more minutes, etc?
3 responses
• India
11 Oct 08
We should keep telling ourselves that there's not going to be some right time for completing this task. We should make it today and NOW!! :)
• United States
5 Jan 09
Excellent advice! Nike said it best with "Just Do It" I think. But many of us procrastinators are perfectionists...two evils to kill. :)
@marty3888 (2359)
• United States
11 Oct 08
I'll get back to you on that!
• United States
17 Oct 08
Procrastinator. :p
• United States
11 Oct 08
The first thing you need to ask yourself is: what kind of person am I? Specifically, do I like to do things under stress because I have waited so long to do what I needed to do or do I like to take my time? Most likely, if you are a procastinator, you will do things under stress because the stress you get from knowing you need to do something will motivate you. Personally, I don't like to do things under stress because in my view, I don't do things well under stress. So, I tend not to procrastinate. Yet, there are times when I do so. why is that? It happens when I usually have to do something very unpleasant or very boring. I can't stand the idea of doing it now because I want to relax or do something else. In the back of my mind, I know I will eventually need to do it, but mentally I can't deal with the unpleasant nature of the task. So, if something can wait, I will weigh whether or not, I need to do it now or later. If I recognize that I need to do it now rather than later, I say to myself that once I have it done, then it's done and now I can do whatever I want. So, say to yourself that once you do what you need to do, you will reward yourself. That's positive reinforcement applied to oneself.
• United States
11 Oct 08
Hmm, thanks for the brain material. I don't really like operating under stress, but I do well under it. Putting it off tends to make mountains out of molehills, doesn't it?