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.

I'm new here


Well, I'm here. And thanks for having me. I need some guidance. I have lists. We all have lists. Lists of things that need to get done. And we have lists that it would be nice if they were done but they're not an emergecy. I tend to do those first and the ones that need to get done are put on the back burner for..well, basically never. Recently my director confronted me about not doing a task. That's nothing new, but this time she took the responsbility away, and that shook me up. But it's not just work. It's so much of my life that can be less filled with fear and avoidance if I just tackled the issue, but I don't. I hide away watching TV when I can't deal, which is much of the time. So I am here. And thanks again.

Welcome Sasha

Welcome to the board. You seem to have identified some patterns stemming from avoiding work or avoidance in general: your director has confronted you multiple times about not completing things and you also avoid necessary tasks. TV, or even the avoidance itself, is the convenient pill that makes those responsibilities seem to slip away, at least for a while.

What's worked for me and apparently quite a few others on this site is identifying triggers of procrastination habits. If you find yourself yearning for the TV or some other escape it might help to consider why the urge is so strong (assuming it's not just a way to unwind sometimes). Do you forget when you started avoiding things and realise hours later that you've spent a lot of time on nothing? It's precious time that can't be earned, only used. 

I don't know if that helped at all, but luckily there are plenty of other ways this site can help. Bye.   

- "A procrastinator's work is never done."

Thanks Vaskaat

Thanks for welcoming me so warmly. I hope to learn what those triggers are, as you mentioned, and turn that TV off for a change. I don't tend to forget about my tasks and then remember later; I am aware of every single second that I don't do what needs to be done- the clock stares at me in the face.

If you forget, perhaps a stop watch would help keep you on track- as a reminder. Even if you set it for a short amount of time, at least start something so the day doesn't go by without anything getting accomplished. That is the most frustrating and disheartening feeling, I know.
Just a thought.

Thanks again!