Procrastinators Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from chronic procrastination.

GeorgeSmiley introduces himself

I've been wanting to do this since I came here.

I'm in my early 50s and have been self-employed as a freelance writer for half my career (worked in newspapers before that). I like what I do and do it pretty well, but I've always been a chronic procrastinator, last-minute guy. Despite that I got good grades in school and college, but always felt a nagging sense that I was undisciplined and under-achieving.

Just about every project I've ever done has been later than I wanted it to be, and the product of last minute frantic late-night work.

I'm writing this at the end of a very good week for staying on task. But I joined this site a week ago because I'd spent nearly two weeks doing hardly anything except playing FreeCell and 'net surfing and making a few calls on the most urgent projects. I tend to cycle back and forth between a fairly efficient mode and a completely mindless procrasinating one. I'm trying to find balance and get myself to stay on task more consistently.

I'm blessed with a wonderfully patient, understanding and loving Mrs. GS who is always encouraging in my efforts and who I DON'T want to turn into my "policeman" on this issue. Which is why I'm very thankful to have found this place.

I guess that sums things up. I might add more later.  

Meanwhile, hello everyone and have a great weekend... 

welcome smiley

The world could use more smiley people :)

Your story sounds familiar. "Rushed partial success" something like that. me 2, and many others here, some of which i'm guessing you've already read.

Your productive times--are they time binging? I ask because i have a hard time differentiating between good, hard work, and as the article says, the addictive behavior. Eg my work has asked me to focus on a group of related tasks all day long and work overtime--in a push to get certain hi priority things done. I'm guessing this is *not* time binging, but i'm not sure i really would be able to tell the difference.


Time binging (bingeing?)

A useful question, clement. I don't think my productive times are time bingeing. Rather, what they are is Focused and attentive to my task list. I see a list of tasks, I do the first one, I complete it, on to the second, and so on.

I've skimmed the time bingeing article here and printed it out about the time I first found this site (a week or two ago) to read in more detail (later, when I get around to it! :-D) ).

I think there are some very useful ideas in the whole time bingeing concept and worth it for me to look at seriously. At the same time, in the writing I do, it's my first reaction that if I get into the flow of writing a piece I don't want to stop at some predetermined time. I say this not to debate the concept, but just to point out my first reaction to aspects of the argument. But I think the warnings about the way time bingeing even on "positive" behaviors can have negative effects are very well worth examining and considering. 

Welcome, George! :)

Hi George!

Welcome! We are glad you are here! :)


Thank you, gals & guys, for being here! :)

nice to meetcha!

Your story sounds so familiar - except for the part where the Mrs. GS has not turned into a policeman. I am happy for you to have found a community to be supportive!