What? Introduce myself. When? NOW! but... but...
This is to say Hi to all my newly discovered lifelong fellow travellers :)
Before posting I thought I'd take a look at how others have 'taken the plunge'. The first 'intro' I spotted was scarlett's - what's this she mentions about about GTD???
After a quick double-take I looked at my book-shelf and sure enough the book I bought a few weeks ago in my latest battle against procrastination was 'Getting Things Done'.
I came accross GTD recently on the internet and thought I'd try it to see if it would help me keep on top of things better, I wasn't really thinking about procrastination as such when I bought it, but that's why I needed it. I guess we tread the same path.
Me? Well I'm a dyed-in-the-wool procrastinator. I found your site today because today I finally started to seriously get down to a job that I should have started weeks ago. I'm now up against the deadline and the result will be OK, but had I started when I could have done it might have been a darn sight better. This made me start thinking about why for the umpteenth time I'd done this and I thought 'I wonder if there's a Procrastinators Anonymous, like alco anonymous' - hey presto.
So often there are tasks that I put aside that I'm perfectly capable of doing, and often doing well, and often I know in advance that I am capable of doing a really good job and very often enjoy it once I get started. But because a keep putting it off I land up pressed for time and churn out something mediocre under stress.
I know when I'm procrastinating, I know it's stupid, counter-productive and totally illogical :? but I keep doing it. It's a bit like smoking I guess - and yes I'm a troll }:) - accepting the logic is one thing, but kicking the habit for good is another.
In the distant past I though maybe I was "lazy" (whatever that means). Then I came to realize that there was something deeper. It was only a few years ago that I actually learnt the proper meaning of the word 'procrastinate'.
I get the feeling that I procrastinate to avoid stress. Maybe it's lack of self-confidence or nervousness about whether I can do the job right, but whatever it is I wish it wasn't so.
I'm really happy to have found you all, hope to learn a lot and try to give something back as well. I've got a feeling I'll be around for a long while!