Proscrastination: Help!!

United States
September 12, 2009 4:12pm CST
I admit it: I am a horrible procrastinator. I can't get out of the habit of leaving things to the very last minute. I justify this by saying that I "work well under pressure," but all it just stresses me out more and I don't feel I do as good of a job. Do you proscrastinate? Do you have any tips or suggestions to help those who do?
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@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
19 Oct 09
Yes I am a lot like you and getting the same results (not good).I always leave my washing for last and then I do a poor job of it .I doubt that I can advice you how to deal with it because I am just as guilty but I guess the trick is just to start doing your job from early very early so that at least a part of the job will be done by the time you are really ready to do it .Great discussion
• United States
19 Oct 09
That's a good idea. I often feel so overwhelmed, I don't start. Maybe by just starting, it'll be motivation to finish.
• Philippines
12 Sep 09
i am, sometimes. i can feel the pressure of the deadlines coming and i did not want that to happen again. i am making sure things are prioritized now and do what needs to be done first, then next and next. i made a list of things that are pending and to be done and check them out as soon as i accomplish them. i am teaching my son to do this as i notice that he is one procrastinator, too.
• United States
19 Oct 09
Prioritizing is good. When I make a list, I often start with the easiest and leave the harder things until last (which I don't get to very often). I need to reverse my thinking.
@jenysie (106)
• United States
12 Sep 09
I used to be the worst procrastinator in the world, but then I met a friend who told me all I have to do is choose to do it. Just DO IT... yeah, I was like right just choose and it will all be better...but she also showed me if I make a to-do list or use an organizer and write down all the stuff I need to get done for the day and then hold myself to it...(holding myself to it otherwise I get a consequence like not watching my favorite t.v. show or something)...and also the mindset of if I do it now it will only take a little while, and it will be quality...but if I wait until the last second it's only cramming and I won't do as good as I would have. Plus now it just feels good to get things done.
• United States
12 Sep 09
Great advice. Just do it...it makes me think that I think too much about what I have to do and I freak out. I like that if you don't do your to-do list there are consequences. That's a motivator!
@Buchi_bulla (8299)
• India
9 Feb 10
I am also a bad procrastinator. I postpone things to the last moment like packing at the last moment, take out the required things at the last moment of going out etc. Then I saw it is giving such a tension for me and my husband and children are also taking me to task that I am delaying to come out. So now-a-days I am trying to do things early.
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
21 Jan 10
Hi Picquaqrian, I’m no exception and I have always been procrastinating in doing things when I’m indulgent in doing my favorite and interesting activities like surfing net, playing games, watching tv series, etc. Yeah, after wasting lots of precious time in the amusement, very often I have to accomplish the works that need to be done in a hurry I understand that it’s not good to the health if I keep on completing work in such a rushing manner frequently. I hope I could shake away this bad habit as soon as possible. Therefore I try to plan and allocate my time nicely to accomplish my works in efficient way in this brand new year. Otherwise valuable time will be wasted again like what had happened in the pass. I know it's rather tough to quit this bad habit completely but at least what we could do is to lessen it to the minimum extent possible Take care and happy posting
@bunnybon7 (35512)
• Holiday, Florida
18 Jan 10
i still procrastinate. mine is just laziness im so close to the end of my time, i just want to do enjoyable things. so i find it hard to do what i dont care for these days untill its absolutely essential
@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
18 Jan 10
I think I could give you a run for your money where procrastination is concerned .I always leave my household chores until last especially my laundry.For the past couple of years since I have been on my own ,I have been doing my laundry on a sunday and all because I let it stay until last .God forbid the day that rain falls on a sunday because I wont have any clothes to wear for work on Monday.I dont know if there is any way around procrastinating except starting whatever you are doing early even if you only start it and finish later
@1hopefulman (25960)
• Canada
8 Jan 10
Someone said that, if it wasn't for the last minute, very little would be done. What else has been said about procrastination? * It appears that those who procrastinate are looking for excuses to evade their responsibilities. * Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. * Procrastination can at times be costly and dangerous. Example: putting off car repairs. * Procrastination can be a bad habit that hinders one from making advancement. * Procrastination indicates that a good schedule is lacking. Not waiting till the last minute allows time to think things out and to look ahead and thus avoid any unwise moves. * “Procrastination can make you sick,” says a study mentioned in the Vancouver Sun newspaper. As presented at a conference of the American Psychological Society held in Toronto, Canada, a study of 200 Canadian university students “found that procrastinators put themselves under so much pressure by delaying action that they suffered more stress-related illnesses than others. . . . With the exam date looming, stress levels among procrastinators soared. Their happy-go-lucky attitude was replaced with higher rates of headaches, back pain, colds, sleeping problems and allergies. They suffered more respiratory problems, infections and migraines.” * Indecision is the thief of time; procrastination is its chief accomplice. * Neglect, procrastination, and minimal effort will likely deplete one of energy and add anxiety and fatigue. * In the book "The Now Habit", Neil Fiore wrote: “The three main issues that are at the bottom of most procrastination problems: feeling like a victim, being overwhelmed, and fear of failure.” Solution: Make a list of what you want to accomplish each day. Do this the night before. Then check them off as you do them. You will feel happy as you check off the items. You may have to push yourself at the beginning but it will get easier as you see all that you accomplish. Just do it! I wish you success!
@kykidd (6820)
• United States
13 Nov 09
One thing that I have learned to do, especially when it comes to small little tasks, is to stop what you are doing and do it now. If this won't work, then keep a checklist. Removing things from the list every chance that you get should help. I know that feeling of the little rush that you get when you work well under pressure. But, I also know that it isn't good for me, so I have managed to try to avoid this situations in my life as well.
@williamjisir (22905)
• China
7 Nov 09
Hello Picquarian. I have to say that I am also a horrible procrastinator. When I have enough time for doing what I am supposed to do, I always leave it behind, thinking that I still have enough time for it. Then when the expiry date comes, I will hurry to finish it, which makes me more stressed. I have been trying to get rid of this bad habit of mine all the time.