Hello fellow procrastinators; an intro
I'm a psychology student at UTA, and a horrendous procrastinator. I think it is a behavioral byproduct of reinforcing itself more and more over the years. In my case I have managed to get along quite well putting things off until the last minute for a LONG time. I would guess we have all found that eventually that pattern inevitably leads to some serious pain though. For me it was going to take the form of disappointing faculty that had put their faith in me, and just flatout seeing my grades suffer. Fortunately I have been able to delay that for the time being and merely had to grind out this past day on very little sleep. Procrastination bomb seems like a fitting term for the pain that eventually is felt from having put off a large amount of work for the very last minute. Writing a paper from 2-6AM after you wasted the normal hours of the day doing nonsense would be a good example of this.
I think I have found some good information on this web site that I feel will be beneficial in breaking my behavioral pattern. Specifically, I like the concept behind breaking the starting of a task down into smaller bits and using them to gain momentum. Then when it comes time to actually dive into the task, shouting something along the lines of "I'm going to start writing this right now dammit!!!" and enacting sheer will. I hope that doesn't sound crazy to anyone, but it seemed to do the trick for me once so far . On my busy days where I need to start a major project, I think I might consider posting some goals for accountability in the forum too. I have found that jounal keeping can help as well.
Well, that's my story. I hope I wasn't too long winded here. Good luck to you all and thank you to everyone for their support, and also certainly to the individual who personally runs this site.
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Hello - sorry you have tto be here (or any of us) but I am glad to have another guy here
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This might be interesting:
just my perspective on scary writing projects is that the willpower thing can take a lot of my energy. I've gradually reframed that into trying to find the smallest step and then asking for help (HP...the 12 steps) to face the fear or discomfort of starting....
Every time you get up and get back in the race, one more little piece of you starts to fall into place - (from "Stand" by Rascal Flatts)
Welcome nukedysfunct! I can
Welcome nukedysfunct! I can DEFINITELY relate (you'll find a lot of students and graduates here - there might be something in that...) University does tend to be where the procrastination bomb explodes... I guess because there's just that much more work and less support than you've been used to.
Please check out the chatbox and daily check-in threads - they're REALLY helpful. There's an online meeting on Sundays as well.
As a side note, it's great to have a psychology student on board - we're all 'amateur psychologists' here :) and I think you'll find an appreciative audience if you have any opinions to share!
So glad you are here with us. To reiterate what Lucky said, the chatbox for me is amazingly helpful. It's doing your reports/projects, etc. with other people who are supporting you and you them on a moment-to-moment basis. (I'm sure I could have found an easier way to say that?)
Please keep coming back, you've come to the right place!!
♥"Together we could do, what we could not do alone.♥
Thanks for the welcome.
Thanks for the welcome. Unfortunately I fell back into my procrastination patterns quite badly and am paying for it right at this moment. I was even procrastinating on returning to this web site to check in again. Argh... I hope you guys are doing better than I am at conquering this.
You're not the only one - I
You're not the only one - I just had a big phase of procrastinating on coming here as well! Well done for making it back here - I know it's really hard after you've been away for a while. Don't give up, we all have bad patches!