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What's the opposite of compulsive procrastination?



I'm Jack, and I am a procrastinator.


I am a new P.A. member, and I feel great relief & gratitude to finally feel not so alone, and that there is some way out of my chronic and compulsive procrastination & task avoidance.


I've been looking on this site for the 12-step explanation, after digging around I finally found this under the P.A. Meeting Materials link on the left. Whilst perusing this section, the document PA Signs of Compulsive Procrastination was a real eye opener for me. For so long I've felt such debilitating shame in even acknowledging these signs in me, and being able now see these clearly identified & written plainly, which then subsequently allows me to approach these in an objective & non-judgemental way to work on, is really affirming. 


In moving forward, being able to visualise what I could become & be like once I've hopefully recovered might really help my progress.  So for a bit of fun I've tried to express below the opposite to "the signs of compulsive procrastination" and what I am aiming for, the light to this shadow, as follows. Just to note I'm not sure if the opposite of a procrastinator is an expediter or an action-er or even something else, so I have gone with expediter for now. For the opposite of the state of procrastination there seems to be actioning, alacrity, efficacy, expediting, productivity, & maybe proactiveness\proactivity, and I have chosen three of these below. 


It would be great to hear your thoughts on this! 







Expediters Anonymous

Signs of Alacrity, Actioning & Efficacy


Healthy expediters may not have all the signs listed here, but if you identify with many of these characteristics, you are probably a healthy expediter.


1.      Success is a way of life. We constantly serve other people and ourselves by  keeping our promises.


2.      We have enormous ease in getting started on new projects, or transitioning from one project to another.


3.      We have a very good sense of time, seldom underestimating or overestimating how long a task will take us to complete.


4.      We have ease in organizing projects by breaking them down into steps; we  know where to start, even when we're unwilling to start.


5.      We are surrounded by minimalism and organization in our homes and work spaces.


6.      We are regularly early for appointments.


7.      We are fluently aware of what we should be doing, or think we should be doing, and naturally in touch with what we actually want and need.


8.      We feel comfortable saying "no" to requests from others, and seldom express any resentment through the passive resistance of procrastination.


9.      We have overcome Demand Resistance, which no longer causes us to do anything and everything except the one thing we most need to do.


10. We are long-term thinkers, focusing on long-term well-being while healthily ignoring short-term pleasure.




Expediters Anonymous Signs of Alacrity, Actioning & Efficacy

I absolutely loved this!!!Printed it out and put it in my Daytimer, so that I can look at it as I plan my days. Fabulous! Fabulous! Fabulous!


I would say for me it would be FREEDOM....
no longer a slave to my self defeating behaviors.

I love this! Printing off...

I'm going to make a copy of this and display it prominently in my (messy) kitchen. A day at a time, it WILL become organised, if not minimalist...

Thanks Jack :) 

It's an inside job...

glad this is useful

Hi hazyjane

Glad to hear that you found this useful!  I'm not quite sure what the opposite to the negative word "clutter" that was in the original 5th sign might be, I suppose "minimalism" is the closest word I can think of ...  

:-? ::puzzled::

Any other suggestions for a positive word which might be nearer the mark are welcome!


Procrastination opposites

These are wonderful, Jack.  I was wondering what the opposite of demand resistance might be -  request welcome isn't quite right, it sounds like a bad translation!

I was also wondering what possibilities there were for the word procrastinate itself - omitting the pro, or replacing it with anti as in anticrastinate, but that sounded rather negative. Crastin means the morrow and was used in the same way as eve for the day before. I guess Carpe Diem (seize the day ) is the most positive alternative to procrastinate.  

Thanks for providing me with 15 mins of enjoyable procrastinatory diversion!


Opposite of the P-word

Enthusiastic choices?

promises of recovery as opposites to procrastination

Hi Jack!

You might also be interested in
the P.A. Promises of Recovery


That's very interesting, thanks for sharing!