An alternative to book-ending
I am a new member here and this is my first post. However, I am not new to procrastination. I 've been fighting against it (or myself) for many years. I've read almost all the popular books on it; I searched the Internet for an effective solution; I implemented the Getting Things Done system; I also tried various tricks and tips.
Some of these are very helpful, but none of them can really "cure the disease". It seems that I am always in a cycle:
feeling good and being effective
feeling less pressure
put off non-urgent/unpleasant tasks
deadlines are approaching
try to avoid thinking about them
panic and escape (by surfing the Net, playing computer games, etc.)
finish the task just before deadline, with low quality
blame myself and vow to change
feeling good and being effective again
After so many years, I realize that it is very difficult, or even impossible, to conquer procrastination by myself. I considered book-ending, but I don't want my boss to know I visit this site regularly. Also, it appears to me that there is a lack of social support and everyone is just self-talking.
As an alternative approach, I am suggesting having PA partners. It can be a one-to-one (or small group) relationship in which PA members encourage and help each other, preferably via e-mail. Just like book-ending, each day you email your partner what you want to accomplish and report the progress later. If you are feeling bad or are procrastinating, you can also get understanding and support from your partner. In such a relationship, I believe there would be more responsibility and trust.
I want to know what you think about the suggestion. I also would like to find my partner here. I have a dedicated email address firstname.lastname@example.org for this. If you would like to try this idea, you can reply to this post and leave your email address. I'll pick the first member who does so as my partner.
Thank you and good luck!