Can you tell when you're procrastinating?
I don't mean the sort where you suddenly catch yourself and realise you've been at it again. I mean do you sometimes think "I don't know if this is procrastination or if there's another reason why this thing isn't done yet?"
A couple of things recently have brought this up for me, and it was my accounts and tax that sparked it off today. I'm very close to finishing my accounts and tax form for the last financial year (to April 2006).
I'm not quite sure if I've been genuinely too busy to finish them off and submit them - I have certainly been 'busy', but I don't know if I've genuinely been 'too busy'. Or is that just an excuse and I'm doing my usual trick of stopping at 98% of the job done?
It's all very well having insight into procrastination tricks and knowing which ones I use (pretty much all of them from time to time), but I still can't always tell if I'm procrastinating or not.
Maybe it's compounded by the fact that I ~would~ have procrastinated if I'd had time, but even if I didn't procrastinate I still wouldn't have had time to do it (confused? So am I!).
If it's a procrastination thing I want to root it out. If it's not I want to stop giving myself a hard time over not being able to do things I genuinely can't do at the moment.
Does anyone else have a similar issue? Any ideas or suggestions?