Introduction from Mole
Thank you, pro and hello fellow procrastinators,
I, too, have come here as a result of Rowan Pelling's Radio 4 programme and am happy to see from one of the other posts that there is a transcript as it will go offline in about five days time.
I have been a procrastinator for as long as I can remember. Although I have achieved things I have had to drag myself kicking and screaming to get there. I procrastinate about big things and small, from writing a book or thesis to making a phone call, but I am also quite responsible in other ways. I am always punctual about appointments or meeting with people, always turn up for regular commitments. I feel that I suffer from crossed stars - born on the day of St George in the year of the Dragon. My dragon has big ideas, enjoys life and is the source of my creativity but is slothful, disorganised, messy and childish. My George is a bit of a nagging control freak, cautious and guilt-ridden, such a planner of plans and collector of facts that the last vestige of life is squeezed from any project. Neither of them iis good at ongoing management.
I have found public shame the only effective control. If I have to speak in public, say, I will make sure I have prepared something to say, but it will always be by the skin of my teeth. Piles and encrusted mess is only likely to be tackled if someone who doesn't know me well enough to be used to me, comes for a meal. I have a terrible backlog of clutter that is completely overwhelming and depressing.
This site is a wonderful idea. I really look forward to being part of this community.