Hi, I'm new - hoping to make the telephone meeting tom. AM
Like many of you, I found this site yesterday while putting off work but also looking for help with my chronic procrastination. I read many of the articles and posts and look forward to being part of this group. I hope I can make the phone meeting tomorrow morning!
I am a self-employed single mom with 2 teenage daughters. I have always had problems with procrastination, but it has become chronic and paralyzing in the last several years. I also have daily migraines which make it all the more imperative that I be productive when I am able, and some depression, too (related to the migraines - common with any chronic pain). I have had migraines since I was a teenager, but somehow managed to get through college and grad school (while working 30-40 hours per week). Now that I have children and have to juggle being a single mom with my career and also help to care for an aging parent, my procrastination has become out of control and there are many days when I spend more time avoiding doing what needs to be done than actually doing it! Despite recognizing my problem and wanting to change, I have had minimal success so far.
I learned that I have ADD (the inattentive form) after my counselor suggested testing, but I am unable to take medication due to side effects (makes migraines worse), which was frustrating because I could tell it would be helpful if I could take it. Interestingly, I read in Delivered From Distraction by Edward Hollowell (a great book, along with Driven to Distraction by him, by the way) his suggestion that the 12 step program could be very helpful in living successfully with ADD, so it makes sense to me that this could work with chronic procrastination, which is a big problem for most people with ADD.
So here I am, ready to try this!