intro: GTD practitioner, possibly ADHD
I'm a lifelong procrastinator, suffering badly when I was in high school and university whenever I had essays to write. I would just start staying up later and later not-working on my essays until I started missing school the next morning. Relationship with work can be similarly iffy, huge chunks of my day just soaked up not bringing my mind to bear on simple problems like "hmm, what I should I work on today?" Round and round I thwirl, dervish like, the twitter, email, news cycle... round and round, dear self, please stop doing this, you just looked at that site 10 seconds ago, and around again. This needs to stop.
I somehow managed to get a PhD in computer science (Writing your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day was a very useful book). I think my research career is suffering greatly from simple issues like not getting myself to pay attention to conference deadlines, or maybe just more deeply not being very interested in working on papers. Trying another path in my life, one as a freelance computer consultant. Sad to leave academia, think it could be a great fit if I could just get myself under control a bit.
Living in the UK at the moment. Was informed by the NHS psychiatrist that I did not have ADHD and that I was just bored, that I should go start a business or something. But I think now when I am self-employed and I am doing things that actually seem to be more fun, or somehow easier, I still have a lot of issues with the whirling dance, even on things I would do for free, round and round. May look into private care later, though it's a bit expensive.
Administrative tasks like applying for university, jobs, doing my taxes, visa papers... that stuff drives me a bit batty. I somehow manage to get it done, but I suspect also could be a lot easier than this. Hard to complain about this sort of thing, though. Nobody likes paperwork.
Am a grateful practioner of Getting Things Done, and am flirting with the Pomodoro Technique a bit.