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Readers Respond: How to Stop Procrastinating

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Updated December 15, 2011

Go With It

To Guest Nancy, I feel your pain. For me, albeit I possess an official clinical label of bi-polar, I find it most useful to really go with my feelings. This is contrary to most liberated independent modern peoples' view of 'freedom' and equivocal quality of life, however, I find no other option, really. I do choose to raise my dog and will attempt this philosophy with my new baby, but that's somewhat another concept..called Contiuum Concept by Liedoff. Point being, for me anyways, that when I do allow my feelings, emotions, mind, to all go south when the ego just can't keep up any illusion of ok-ness anymore, I find I recover much much faster, and with many more valuable gems gleaned from down deep in the dark recesses of those scary places of the soul. Often referred to as failure, and terrifying to others who may be more comfortable with you by their side in the comfort zone, understandably, the main hurdle for me is just this: doing what I need to to stay sane & walk the line
—nikolyn

Don't worry about it.

You'll do whatever you have to. What doesn't get done, doesn't get done. You're alive, you're kind. Just do what you can, when you can, and don't beat yourself up about it. Sleep. Read. Walk. Enjoy what you're doing, living in the moment. You'll either miss the deadline or you won't. Doesn't matter. God loves you either way.
—sweetbetsy1

HOW TO STOP PROCRASTING

GREAT ARTICLE. ONE OF THE WAYS THAT I HAVE REDUCED MY TENDENCY TOWARD PROCRASTINATION IS TO DETERMINE A DAILY QUOTA OF THINGS I DON'T WANT TO DO--THINGS OVER AND ABOVE THE USUAL CHORES. TWO OR THREE IS A GOOD NUMBER FOR ME. ANOTHER TRICK IS TO DO THE EASILY PROCRASTINATED THING WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT. DELAY ONLY MAKES THE CHORE MORE ONEROUS.
—Guest ANN

Procrastination is a symptom

A lot of GTD and self-help advice on procrastination help to a certain degree - however, they never "cure" procrastination because they just stop at dealing with procrastination as an effect. There are underlying root causes to why people procrastinate - in my opinion, it can be grouped into 2 main issues (1) lack of desire to do the thing (2) fear of something. Both reasons take digging and understanding of self to unravel, which is why people just prefer to work with dealing with procrastination at surface level instead.
—Guest Celestine

Maybe tomorrow

I was going to reply, but maybe I'll do it tomorrow... Actually, I have suffered procrastination for decades. I tried many organization and time-management strategies (like GTD) and self help books (like The Now Habit) with no lasting improvement. I finally decided I must have mild chronic depression and saw a psychiatrist. The prescribed antidepressant relieved anxiety that I didn't even realize I had and my productivity recovered remarkably. It was life-changing. I am only a couple of months into the treatment, so I can't judge long-term success yet.
—Guest Guy

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