Procrastination

United States
September 22, 2007 8:02pm CST
Do you tend to procrastinate or do you immediately do any chore that needs to be done? Are there certain things that you tend to procrastinate on while others you are more willing to do? I have a 20 page paper due for a class. It is due in two weeks. I have the information read to do it but still have not started the writing process. Am I strange or do thers put things off this way as well? Most of my procrastination happens with my classes or cleaning the bathroom.
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• United States
23 Sep 07
Oh indeed I am the Queen of procrastination. I have been all of my life. I try and break this awful habit and will do fine for awhile, getting on top of all of the things I need to do. Then I start slipping back into apathy... Oh I will do that tomorrow. Tomorrow comes and I push it back yet another day. Before you know it a deadline is upon me and I am in a tizzy trying to get it done.
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@kalav56 (11497)
• India
24 Sep 07
I was a victim to this earlier in my school and college days. Even , later I used to postpone things. While I usually did this with subjects that I did not like in school days, later it would extend to some cleaning cupboards or organising things. The funny part is I always used to diligently set myself a time-table in my school and college days . Of course the intentions are always the best you see. No one can ever find fault with these intentions. Only when it comes to implementation oh! then here is the difficult part. So , with age this has changed-and what has changed? It is not the habit of procrastination but the habit of drawing time-tables. Afterall, this is the wisdom wrought by so many passing years of experience and self-realisation. Jokes apart, nOwadays I do things of priority with the utmost speed.Here also, my tough days in stock market taught me this lesson. I know, now that things should be done with speed if I should avoid tension. But if it comes to learning, I will naturally tend to postpone-see, I have started learning the hindi Alphabet, and now the practice sessions have stopped. I have to whip myself to do this again. When there is an exam in the corner, I will absorb things faster than the fastest and finish with it. The days of external examinations have gone. So, my hindi is self learning and is suffering.
@kalav56 (11497)
• India
24 Sep 07
''If 'twere done 'twere done well and quickly''[Macbeth]. How true this statement is. I was learning vocal classical music with some very good professional masters-I started learning after I was 26 though I had no background whatsoever-but I thank God for giving me a very good ear for music.Here I used to learn all the songs very fast and reproduce verbatim to my teacher the next class, even without much practice. Basically, you must be interested in that particular job if you should not procrastinate. After all there is not great challenge in cleaning cupboards and bathrooms, however much we realise the importance of this. Don't you agree? Probaly your twenty page work does not excite you too much and you are doing it because you have to-that is one of the reasons for postponing -Is it not?
• United States
23 Sep 07
I do for certain things, but that is just the way that I am.
@wisedragon (2330)
• Philippines
23 Sep 07
I hate putting things off for tomorrow because I anticipate something important will come up tomorrow then I will be overwhelmed with so many things to do. I don't like being overwhelmed so if there's something that I can do today I'll certainly try to make it a productive day. My motto is: Achieve today, relax tomorrow. At the very least I try to get the task started. Maybe I won't finish it today, but I'll certainly do something today. That gives me a head start at finishing it before the deadline.
@raychill (6530)
• United States
23 Sep 07
I procratinate on chores for sure. I'm like bleh I can do it later. and do something else instead. I just started back to school (literally, I started Sept 19th) and I'm taking classes online. I'm trying my best already to schedule myself to finish stuff ahead of time. My school weeks run from Wednesday - Tuesday so I basically want to make sure I'm done each weeks work by Sunday. So i have monday and tuesday to relax! I haven't started any long term papers yet, But I hope to not develop the habit of procrastinating. When I was in high school though I always procrastinated. I'm just trying not to anymore as I'd rather get things done early and have time to fix it or improve it if needed as well as have time to relax!
• United States
23 Sep 07
If I have something important to take care of I never procrastinate. I just want to get it done and out of the way otherwise they will keep creeping into my thoughts until I get them done. Now with unimportant things I sometimes have to bribe my self to get started. At least I am one of these people that when I start something I always finish it.
@sherrir101 (3670)
• United States
23 Sep 07
I am a great believer in procrastination. I put off everthing. I have no idea why, but lately it seems to gotten even worse. I explain it as "my *wanter* is broke". It is the only way I can put that into words.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
23 Sep 07
a lot of jobs i put off and i really shouldnt
@ElicBxn (61041)
• United States
23 Sep 07
if it required work, I can put it off forever! I am a lazy body, I'm hard pressed some days to drag my lazy butt out of bed & even get on the computer The cats help tho, if I go to the bathroom, they swarm me & chasing them out can wake me up more than anything else
@resuab (265)
• United States
23 Sep 07
Procrastination has been the story of my life, there is always time to do it later. though most of the time when i have something on my mind and im not doing it on purpose because of procrastination, it tends to bother me a lot. but yes, i do procrastinate for almost everything thats not mandatory immediately.
@deebomb (15319)
• United States
23 Sep 07
I am great at procrastinating. My moto is why do today what you can put off until tomarrow because if you leave it until tomarrow you might not have to do it. I am also better under pressure.
• United States
23 Sep 07
I'm terible at procrastinating. I always tell myself I'll do something and it usually sits there for days before it's actually finished. The only time I procrastinate and it works out to my advantage is when I write papers. I need to feel as though I'm rushed for the motivation to be fully there.
@briarose (124)
• United States
23 Sep 07
Procrastination should be my middle name. I am trying to kick the habit though because life is soooo much easier when I accomplish things. I tend to be better if I can just start a project in the morning and set a goal for myself and not take a break until I reach the goal. Because once I take a break I am done for. Like today for instance I am trying to organize my girls clothes for change of season and have been vey fortunate that friends have given my many hand me downs but I have to organize them all by size and season. I was going great took a break and there are clothes alll over the bedroom, so now when I go to bed I will put them all in a container which will probably sit for another couple of weeks until I need to get back into them! One trick I learned in college (when procrastination was beyond worse) was that I would convince myself that something was due before it actually was this didn't always work but when it did it did feel pretty amazing to having something done early and I didn't have to worry about it.