Why support groups may help procrastinators
I just read this on the Yahoo Group The Now Habit that flexiblefine told us about (I hope no-one minds me quoting from another site). I think it answers part of the reason why I've had so much success in addressing procrastination this year - this is the first time I've actively sought support (via the internet in my case). It also addresses lonliness issues.
> Just thought I'd point you in the direction of a rather good Podcast from
> "The Cranky Middle Manager Show" featuring a guy called Mark Goulston.
I did finally listen to the podcast. For those delaying, it's a
little over 30 minutes, and most of it is the interview with Dr.
Goulston. Procrastination is one of the topics he covers in his book,
"Get Out of Your Own Way at Work." The book is about conquering
various types of self-defeating behavior, not only procrastination.
He mentions an interesting angle on procrastination -- that we may
procrastinate because of loneliness. Being the only one responsible
for something can make us feel lonely, and we're more likely to
succeed if we enlist others to help. He even suggests that Alcoholics
Anonymous succeeds because of the fellowship at least as much as
because of the 12-step program. AA members don't have to feel alone
-- when they have problems, they always have someone to call and help
them get through it.