Procrastinators Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from chronic procrastination.

From a new (future past ?) procrastinator

Hello everybody !

My name on the site is Perfectly_Human for I have just read The Now Habit by Neil Fiore and I liked the expression very much since I have always had a BIG problem with perfectionism. Since my early childhood, my mother has never been satisfied with any of my results. As a consequence, I became a very good student (but quite an unhappy one) and a great procrastinator... 

Currently, I am doing a PHD in an Asian country. I am a second year student. But my thesis hasn't started yet. Terrible, isn't it ? Well, the first year, I spent my time doing three major things : trying to forget the biggest love of my life (who dumped me the first month I entered the doctoral program) ; attending the compulsory courses of the first year (no more course from the second year) and asking myself what I was doing in a doctoral program (apart from the scholarship I got, I had not a clue).

Eventually, the second year started and I decided to give it a try. My motivation rose tremendously after reading The Success Principles by Jack Canfield and I started to work crazily, inhumanly, 11 hours a day, 6 days a week. The result of my workaholism ? I exhausted myself ! And I ended up doing nothing for nearly 2 whole months. So since the beginning of September, I am looking for a balance.

No more Jack Canfield's «Push it to the limit !» But Neil Fiore's «Play more - Work less, but better !»

I really want to make it. I want to complete my PHD and preferably... ALIVE !

As it is the biggest and longest project of my life, it is also the scariest. So any support will be more than welcome !

After reading The Now Habit, I tried to work 5 hours a day just as he says. It lasted 6 days. Then, it was followed by 4 days of procrastination and masochism (eating more than I should, watching desperately movies after movies, and so on). What happened ? Well, during those 6 days, as I was progressing slowly (but effectively), an inner voice would come and say louder and louder to me : «You are not working enough ; You will never make it at that rhythm ; You should quit right away ; No use ; What you write is not good enough...». And I quit... well, four days. This is when I decided to join you !

In personal development books, they say that it takes 21 days to install a new habit. So I would like to come and post everyday (on weekdays) after my 5 hours of work, for at least the next 3 weeks and maybe... till the graduation if it is working well !

So come and drop me a line anytime at the Special Projects and Master Lists ! I will definitely appreciate it.

Forgive me if my English is a bit strange from time to time. I am an European but English is not my mother tongue. 

Thank you in advance and good luck to everyone ! We can make it !