In UK, 9-10am riser, Seeking accountability buddy
I'm a (male) chronic procrastinator in the UK. I'm currently unemployed and have been for six months, after finishing a PhD which took more than 5 months to write up. It was a science PhD, so required me to be at work every day. Despite having generally terrible time management, I didn't actually procrastinate much while at work. It was hands-on work, which helped, and when I'm being paid to do a job (which it felt like) and there are people around to judge me for not working, I am well motivated.
I have two things I'd like to get sorted. The first is to get a job (ideally a career, not just a job, but at this stage I can't afford to be choosy!). I've been applying to quite a few and managed to get a handful of first-stage interviews, but never got beyond that. I'm now at the stage where my motivation to apply is draining away to nothing, and I'm lucky to get three applications off per week. The second is to do some writing and put that on the web; first as a website for my former lab, then maybe as some kind of science blog. I'd like to do the writing for my own well-being as well as something to point at while applying for jobs to say "look, I actually enjoy doing this stuff and I've not just been sitting on my bum the whole time... honest!". I've sat down and tried to write a few times, but am distracted disgustingly easily and have made very little progress.
Basically I need to be held to account. I know I can be productive, I just need deadlines and oversight (and long-term I need to develop discipline, however that's done...).
For my part, I am great at being encouraging and making helpful suggestions for ways to go about things. I'm not so great at saying the kind of stuff I wish someone would say to me: "Stop talking/thinking about it and do it! Do it now! I want to hear from you before the end of the day, and it had better be done! If not, there will be consequences!" but if I commit to saying this kind of stuff in order to help my buddy, I will do it. I am very good at being motivated to do stuff on behalf of other people, and very bad at doing stuff for myself.
I'm seeking an accountability buddy who's got a project they're trying to get done and failing to do it. If you're having trouble writing up a PhD I would love to help you get it done. If you're jobseeking, this would also be great, and hopefully we can get some reciprocal encouragement going.
I can be available on email, Facebook, google chat or Skype. I would prefer, after we've got to know each other a bit, to set a maximum number & length for communications or schedule short times for availability/communication (2x 30 mins/day?), as at this stage I can see myself using 'accountability' as yet another way to procrastinate, and I really want to avoid that!