I'm new here.
I have a serious problem procrastinating simple clerical tasks. They are usually jobs that require only a couple of minutes work, are not unpleasant, and have only positive consequences to being completed. Things like posting an already written letter, sending off a form, requesting or processing a payment. Eventually I often end up not doing the task at all, hoping nobody will notice.
This is something I've been living with for all my adult life -- about 15 years. Today the consequences of doing this have really hit me. I failed to process a request for a payment at work -- I just couldn't bring myself to do it for absolutely no reason -- it was a five minute job, if that. The person due to receive the money has complained (after mailing me about it several times -- again, I could not bring myself to action it). As a consequence all of my holiday is being suspended indefinitely. I was looking forward to the first summer holiday with my 10 month old baby, and my wife. So this simple procrastination is having serious consequences for me and people around me. There may be other consequences too when the dust settles. I was recently promoted but I'm not sure that will "stick" now.
I'm starting to realize that this is very different from the way most people procrastinate. I can understand procrastinating challenging or tiring jobs in favour of doing something more relaxing -- and I do plenty of that too -- but the behaviour I've described above is very different and extremely destructive to all aspects of my life. I'm hoping that there'll be others with similar experiences on the forum, who might be able to help.
Does this sound familiar to anybody else out there?