The Remaining Minutes Factor
Some friends of mine have procrastination issues too, although none as virulent as mine. But we've been discussing the issues and one of the things that came up is that we aren't late because we don't understand time, exactly. It's more subtle than that. We actually have a very keen sense of time. So much so that we can almost subconsciously whittle down the amount of time we allot for a task so that it comes in under the wire every time. We call this the "Remaining Minutes" factor.
We've noticed that somehow we have a running time clock that reallly understands how many minutes there are to do the job, and how much longer it is likely to take, but we refuse to finish ahead of time, instead, doing anything BUT the task at hand up until the last possible minute before we sense that we won't make it within an acceptable time.
I really notice this when it comes to getting places on time. For some ridiculous reason I don't arrive early anywhere, and I've done impossible things like run to catch buses on a trip across town to catch a ferry with just 2 minutes to spare, because I sort of somehow knew I had just enough time to do that. Where it goes wrong is when outside factors intervene and buses don't come, or hard drives crash or something.
I just think it's a funny insight--to think of myself as an expert on time rather than an utter dolt. Then it becomes a choice to behave that way or not. That is, IF I use effort to get out of whatever addictive, obliterating 'time bingeing' behavior I'm in and try to have awareness about what I'm doing.
Gnothi Seauton ~ Know Thyself