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.