I've come to realize that I don't know a lot about how procrastionation works. I've had a procrastination problem for several years now, ever since I was a student at university. Before that, I never felt like procrastination was much of a problem in my life. Even though I tend to let things slide, it never completely overwhelmed me to the point where it is now. I've always managed to get things done and over with. Lately, procrastination has robbed me of much of my time, and of my happiness. It makes me miserable, because while I feel confident about my abilities, it has made me see myself as an underachiever. Procrastination makes me feel like I am a failure, not because I'm not good enough, but because I don't put my talents to use when I want and for prolonged periods of time. In other words, I see my inconsistency to apply myself as a major reason for my lack of success.
What I want to talk about here is that as a procrastinator, I feel like I don't really understand how procrastination works. I understand the effects of it clearly... loss of time and money, unhappiness, delayed stress, and anxiety. When I say I don't understand it, I mean that I don't understand why it continues to affect me when surely I realize that I would be much better off if I get things done. Like others have mentioned, procrationation almost behaves in the manner of an addiction. It is completely counterproductive yet one feels powerless to stop it. Once it gets going, it's like trying to stop a speeding train. Procrastination overrides one's common sense and will power. It makes a person do things they truthfully don't really want to do, and avoid doing things they really want to get done.
I've recently ordered some books on the subject of procrastionation and addiction so that I can hear what the experts have to say about these topics. "Willpower is Not Enough: Understanding and Overcoming Addiction and Compulsion" and "Now Habit" should be interesting reads. Hopefully the books can provide insight as well as give techniques to overcome these conditions. I'll try to post a review afterwards.
Anyways, maybe the wise thing to do for me is rather than trying to get to the bottom of this problem and understand it, more effort should be made on my part to fight it. If I see this condition like an addiction, maybe I can use techniques that others have tried on curing their own addictions. The thing is, while procrastination is like an addiction, and manifests itself in manners similar to it, I don't believe it is fully an addiction. It's complex really, hard to pinpoint a root cause. There are too many dimensions to procrastination... sometimes it looks unbeatable.