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  1. ralessi

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    Does anyone have this problem? I am pretty extreme in that I put everything off to the last possible moment all the time. It is very depressing and I would like to change this. I guess I can give examples. Right now instead of, oh say going to sleep or doing homework, I am sitting on my computer at 1:48 doing, really, nothing.

    Now I am a good student and all, and I get the things that need to be done, done, but not in the manner I would like to.

    Anyone have any opinions on how to fix something like this? I guess I've heard all the normal things- make lists, just do it don't think about it etc. but I am not really sure. Has anyone ever used any other methods for this sort of thing or something else similar?

    I just did a search on google and found this site -

    http://www.wendi.com/procrastination/index.html

    It is basically a hypnosis type program. Does that sort of thing actually work? I'm just sort of throwing around ideas but it does seem sort of interesting. If not for an actual effect for a sort of placebo effect, anyway.

    Ok, time to put an end to my late night musings. Give me some advice :)
     
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  3. RacerX_GTO

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    Procrastination.... Hmmmm... let me get back with you next week on that.
     
  4. Prugna 328

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    It's my middle name. My wife swears I'm ADHD.Attention deficit. Start everything, finish nothing. Or put it off until the last second.
     
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    I think I'll post in here tomorrow.

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  6. Tyler

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    Rikky, LOL, I know where you're coming from. I tend to procrastinate a lot too. When it comes to work I don't, I'm a fire-breathing SOB A-Type, but at home or around town it's a different story. If I have nothing pressing I can lay waste to useful free time with the best of them. As long as it's not affecting the priorities in your life I wouldn't worry too much.

    Some people desire to cure cancer, build skyscrapers, change the world. In short, they do valuable things with their work and free time. I just desire to lay back in my hammock and wallow in my laziness while puffing pleasantly on a cigar.

    FWIW, this site makes for an alternate form of pick-me-up in the morning. Nothing like having the reality of your life draining away in front of you to get you off your ass and out the door in the morning. www.deathclock.com
     
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  8. F SPIDER

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    Tyler,

    I guess that is why you have not filled out your profile.

    Rijk
     
  9. sjmst

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    I have an answer for you...I'll give it to you when I get around to it.
     
  10. sjmst

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    Like registering for ROE.....
     
  11. Artherd

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    ralessi-

    My advice, embrace it. Don't fight it. Who the hell says we all have to be 100% identical anal cubicle dwellers who make $66,000/year and over-pay all taxes withought question because they're afraid? Oh yeah, the gov't who runs our schools and perscribes ritilin. Well, **** THEM!

    Take me for instance. I only remenber where I pick things up, not where I leave them.

    Tools are a nightmare, I always loose the bastards (by putting them away!) What did I do? I bought *twenty* flourescent green tape measures. Now there's always one nearby.

    The chaos works for me, I can't be worried about stupid tape measures while I'm building stuff!

    Break the mold, do what you love, love those around you. Get done what you need on your terms, and to hell with the rest!
     
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  13. sjb509

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    We procrastinators are not lazy, IMO. We do have issues with assigning priorities to tasks.

    A friend of mine is working on a book about procrastination. Not about how to overcome it, but rather how to embrace it and use to lead a marginally productive but happy life. I predict it will be a best seller.
     
  14. matkat

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    Get back to you later on this one!!
     
  15. chaa

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    Ok, Ok.....ill ask the bloody question, what the F**k does Procast.....pocationa......procrastination mean?????
     
  16. tonyh

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    It means to put off from day to day or delay.
     
  17. chaa

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    AAAAHH! Thanks Tonyh, now that explains the responces, nice one.
     
  18. Matt LaMotte

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    I am one of the worlds worst whe it comes to this. It drives me crazy sometimes because I also look at it as lazy but then again I still get the jobs done...just usually at the last second. I think it's just genetic or at least that's my excuse.:)
     
  19. Texas Forever

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    Step one - no more F-Chat! (Just Kidding)

    I figured this out the hard way many years ago. Procrastination is not laziness. It simply means that you don't want to do those things that you should be doing because these things bore you. You instead do those things that interest you.

    The only way to fight this is do it! Say that you don't want to make a phone call (because it will be bad news), the way to overcome this is to pick up the phone and start dialing before you have a chance to procrastinate. Do it, right now, don't think, don't delay, just do it.

    The amazing this is how good you feel once you make the call because now you can spend time on F-Chat without feeling gulity.

    Sounds simple, but the cure is to just do whatever chore you have to do and get it over with. Works for me, well sometimes...

    Dr "Tardy" Tax
     
  20. dm_n_stuff

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    Geez.

    When did you first think about posting this question?
     
  21. ryalex

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    I'm also a last-minute kind of person (and a night-owl), but it hasn't affected my options in life too much. But like the wise Dr. mentioned about procrastinators, I struggle to do things that aren't an interesting challenge. Should see my dishes and laundry piles here (wife's been away a while). Personally, I absorb and process information rather quickly, and am fascinated by new things, but tire of repetitive processes or mundane tasks and tend to put them off (typical ENFP). That's the only thing that scares me about lawyering.

    I used a Palm Pilot for 6mos last year to manage my To Do's and my stress level shot up 5000% - something about constantly seeing all my deadlines simultaneously shook me up and made me really antsy/fidgety. For me, what works best is to write a to do list on a scrap sheet of paper and keep it in the front slip of my main binder, and refer to it only a few times a day.

    Funny you mention the phone, Dr.Tax, as I used to be really bad about phoning people - especially for official business/gov't/bank things. The possibility of bad news or new responsibilities/stresses was almost paralyzing. I've gotten over it for the most part after years of forcing myself, but I still get a lump in my stomach when I have to call to handle a billing error, arrange services, etc. Ironically, I can talk to people/strangers in person all day long, but phone communication with strangers is still awkward and stressful. But, you have to do it.
     
  22. jonesn

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    Yep, since day one of life I've conditioned myself to finish things right before they're due. Thing is, though, by doing things (that I don't want to) adequately at the last minute has made me EXTREMELY good at working on my interests from the start.

    It sounds strange, but my years of procrastinating duties put on me by others has made me into a very productive person for my own projects. One of the ironies of life I suppose.
     
  23. normhuff

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    Sorry, can't help with advice here. I'm an obsessive-compulsive, anal-retentive perfectionist pr!ck who will never know the meaning of the word...
     
  24. ralessi

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    Wow, seems to be a trend here :)

    Although I admit that I do not want to be doing the things I should be doing (boring repetitive homework, scholarships, etc.) I do not seem to really want to do anything. It is really sad. I need to just buckle down and start doing it. I don't really have any passion or interest except killing time. I mean I love Ferraris and F1 etc., but nothing like I should be doing.

    I try to read about stocks and playing the market but I just eventually stop, same with real estate etc. I am not sure what gives. I need to get with the program. It is depressing.
     
  25. Auraraptor

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    I am doing it by just reading this thread....
     
  26. Mickey

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    I am at work and I am reading your stuff. @#%&????

    Yes, I have the same problem and I wish there was a cure to this.

    There is however one exception to this "last moment" thing. I always put on the condom in good-timing fashion, instead of leaving it till the last minute.
     
  27. Artherd

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    STANDS UP AND CHEERS!

    I could not have said it better myself.
     

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