OCz Master List
1 - I admit I am powerless over my compulsive procrastination and my life has become unmanageable
How unmanageable has my life become?
I still wake up early and come everyday to work, but lately, there are entire days that I spend doing nothing else than surfing the web... the only good thing about it is that I found this site. I'm glad I did.
I need to sit down for a while and come up with my master list. I'll start by stating what are those things I have procrastinated really bad:
a) I will loose my job! I always delay getting appovals for my POs... I have always been late since the first time my manager told me it was going to be my new resposibility to place them. The thing is that in the company this is considered a big fault and a corporate policy violation... and each year there comes newer, more stric controls to prevent it. Early this year I was asked to get a Vicepresident signature to approve all my pending POs: there were 14 of them! I was called into human Resources to be read a memo about doing something about it and not allowing any other PO to fall into this situation... Well, guess what. I now have 5 POs requireing VP signature again. The minute I send this email I will get fired!
b) Social Service - This will sound really stupid... In Mexico (don't know about other places) to get your university degree you need to complete several hundred hours of social service (plus fulfilling all other degree requirements like having above 8.0 average, maybe writing a thesis or presenting a profesional exam)... well, I didcomplete my hours of service... this was 10 years ago while I was still studying. The thing is that I never filled the papers, never got the signatures and never registered my social service, so, it's like it never happened! the teacher I was working (really hard working) left the school a few months later and I was unable to demonstrate I had completed it.
How does that affect me? I cannot obtain my engineering degree until I go on again and work over 600 hours for free... Until now I had alwas said: who has the time when you have a full time job? The truth is that I never have accepted I will have to sacrifice my weekends or work until late for a half a year... I guess there's also a bit of rage about knowing that all of it could have been avoided by filling up some papers and getting a signature.
c) Military service - Same situation... I didn't picked up my documents... these were incinirated and now I have to go over it again... I will have to spend all my saturday morning doing military service... there's no way around it... I cannot postpone it anymore... I'm 31 now... so I've procrastinated about it for 12 years now! God, it hurts bad just writing it down!
How will this affect me? well, I will have a hard time getting a new job without it! and since I am about to loos my 7 year current job... I will need this bad!
d) Taxes, bills, credit card payment - I cannot think of a single paper involving money I do not procrastinate about.
the list could go on forever... but I don't have forever. I'll stop for now and will come back with actions about it.
This monday my wife told me she wants to quit her job... and this, having a foot outside of mine is generating a lot of pressure. With a 1 year old girl... I cannot just sit and wait until all things go wrong... I need to act and I need to do it now!