Hi all! I'm Kristen, a freshman at a liberal arts college in the Northeast, and I've been a procrastinator since at least middle school, perhaps before.
The problem's been getting progressively worse over the years. I used to just put things off until the last minute and stay up late finishing; now they often don't get done until a week after the deadline, which of course makes me feel really lousy. My main problem is with writing assignments—I'm a pretty good writer, but I hold myself to really high standards. They're hard to live up to when it's 3 a.m. and you're blaming yourself for not getting enough sleep again and really just want to be finished and asleep, or save that, unfinished and asleep. In any case, it all creates this cycle of self-blame and guilt and more procrastination (I'm sure you guys are familiar with that).
I ran across this forum a few months ago and just decided to join when I had spent yet another sleepless night accomplishing what felt like nothing. This community seems like an amazing support system. I just spent an evening in the chatbox, and while I still haven't accomplished most of what I meant to do this evening, it was really nice to know I wasn't the only out there struggling. I know it'll take me a while to work through this, but I know I'll get through it eventually—just trying to figure out how now! :)
I look forward to getting to know you all!