Hi, I'm Scott. . .
. . .and I'm a chronic procrastinator.
I just turned 50 and procrastination has been a problem for me at least since Jr. High School. I have done work with a therapist for anxiety, and I'm on anti-depressants, and this has helped some. But every now and then I still get into situations where I let things slip because I'm too anxious to think about them, and the more they slip the more anxious I get. When I do try to sit down and do the work I'm very highly distractable. This keeps up until the project reaches a crisis point and the fear of failure makes me finally focus and get the job done, usually late or at the last possible minute. When it's over, I usually think, "Well, that wasn't so bad. Why have I been torturing myself over this? Why didn't I just do it?" But that doesn't prevent the cycle from happening again.
I am in another 12-step program for addiction, and it recently occured to me -- after another hideous two weeks of this -- that what I am is powerless over procrastination. The steps have taught me that admitting powerlessness and reaching out for help is the beginning of recovery. I've talked about this anxiety-procrastination cycle in my meetings, but that's not the focus of the meetings. So I looked up "procrastinators anonymous" on line and among all the joke sites found something that looks like the real thing. I hope that by reaching out --virtually, at least -- to other chronic procrastinators that I can get some of the same support I get in my 12 step meetings. I'm glad to be here.
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Welcome here and hope you will find helpful solidarity!
I am new myself. I have found everone here to be very helpful and supportive so I would say that you have come to the right spot. It has been a great place to get myself together and the daily check in's are great. I am truly looking forward to my journey here I know that it is going to make a difference.
in my own recovery i'm trying not to procras today, so i only browsed and put it on my list to come back later.
But i can take 1 min to welcome you and wish you progress here!
Hi Scott, welcome :)
Glad you are here :)
Yep, this site is great for baby steps, building up your confidence, and working on bigger projects, too :)
As the days go by with your posts, you will see how you are accomplishing things each day however large or small, and getting more and more done in part or in whole. Or, if it's a slow day, we're here for that, too! Keep coming back! :)
Thank you, gals & guys, for being here! :)