A change in the way I feel
I'm posting this for two reasons:
1) To inspire and motivate those of you who are just beginning to address procrastination (I started seriously in January, and had been working my way up towards it for about a year or two before that);
2) To remind myself of this in case things go all pear-shaped again. I've recognised a pattern of procrastination/anticrastination in me - fortunately the procrastination phases are getting shorter and the anticrastination phases are getting longer. So if Future-Norm is reading this - REMEMBER WHAT THIS IS LIKE! You can make it happen again, Norm!
This anticrastination is fantastic! I recommend it to all procrastinators :)
I actually ~feel~ different. I feel less oppressed. I feel like I can enjoy my free time without feeling guilty. (I've ~got~ free time!). Tasks I used to hate are becoming easier because they're not weighing on me so heavily. I'm ending each day with all or most of the jobs I had planned done (there's still the other 6,000 odd on my Big List, LOL, but I'm nibbling away at that in the time I have left-over). I feel like 'other people' who can come home and read a book or go out or whatever. I ~am~ 'other people'! (A few weeks ago a friend commented on the fact that I like reading, and asked me how many hours a day I read - ha! I was reading between 0 - 30 mins a day - often not at all. Last night I was reading something just because I wanted to - not even a borrowed book that had to be returned by a certain time!).
If I get the Urgent Important stuff done first, it means that I ~can~ do the rest at a more leisurely pace, and that if I do it sooner rather than later it's because I ~choose~ to because it makes life ~easier~.