False Deadlines (...are no longer working well!)
One of the tricks I use to overcome (you know what) is false deadlines. The reason why I do them is to get me anxious enough to start working.
For instance, let's say that it's Monday, and I have a essay due on Friday. I would tell myself that it was due Wednesday. That way, on Tuesday I would get all worked up about getting it done and I would get it done! Soemtimes, I would try to go a step further and break it into parts. "Try to get 100 words done within the next hour" for example.
The things is, sometimes this works, but sometimes it doesn't. You all know why.
It's because deep down,
1. I know exactly when it's due, and
2. I know how long I think I will need to take it, and
3. I know when I would really need to start working on it in order to get it done at the last friggin' minute!! (I call it the "tipping point")
4. No amount of "mental trickery" is going to get me to believe otherwise. (Or am I just not trying hard enough?)
Let's say the essay will take me 4 hours to write, and that I need to go to bed at midnight on Thursday in order to get to school. I would not feel anxious until the tipping point: 8:00 PM on Thursday night!
And sometimes I even go past that point, thinking that "oh, I can just go a little more quickly".
oh, my goodness... I'm such a messed up person sometimes
How can I overcome all of this mental-chatter-garbage!? Are "false deadlines" helping me or hurting me? (Or not really doing anything at all?) Should I approach them at a different angle, improve the technique, or drop it for another?