Leaving the House
I'm new here. I found the site after a lengthy session of googling around procrastination - which of course was to avoid doing the work I need to complete before I fly out of the country later this afternoon, which is why I'm up now at 5.30am instead of asleep like a sane person.
I have identified so strongly with what I've read here. First of all, that procrastination isn't a time-management problem, but an addiction. My form of it is partly to do with deadlines (Like Douglas Adams, I "like the whooshing sound as they go by"), which I seem to get a kick out of missing - especially if I get away with it.
The other big problem I have is with sleep and mornings. I'm not sure whether the sleep problem gives rise to the procrastination or if the procrastination causes the sleep problem, but I seldom go to bed at a sensible time, with the result that I am invariably late for work the next (or usually the same) day.
It's not that I sleep through alarms exactly, but I do seem to have a different personality when it's time to get up. I stay up doing nothing much until I am absolutely dog-tired at, say, 3am. I set the alarm; I wake up at the right time, and even knowing that I shouldn't do it, I hit the alarm off, and go back to bed for another hour or more. Even when I'm already late, an hour or more, I can sit with the computer for another hour before managing to shower and leave the house to go to the office. I think it must be more a procrastination problem since if something really important is happening for which I mustn't be late at all costs, I usually manage to get up for that (so long as it's only a one or at most two-day event).
Clearly, I'm not going to find out why I am this way, and it may not help, but I wonder if anyone else has this problem that they can't seem to face up to leaving the house. I feel almost a physical inability to do it: the muscles in my legs tense up as if to resist movement when I tell myself it's time to go...