Full disclosure, I’m a highly sensitive person, with many introverted qualities who is prone to social anxiety. I’m also a recovering chronic procrastinator. This doesn’t mean that all of us are that way, but I feel it’s definitely worth mentioning. I’m not fully recovered, but I’m getting better.
Chronic procrastination is a problem that’s real and is nothing to be laughed at, although there are many jokes about procrastination. Procrastination has caused people to lose jobs, personal possessions, and even their spouse.
But most medical professionals fail to recognize the problem as real, classifying it as simply a bad habit. It manifests itself in low self-esteem, shame, under achievement, and life can become unmanageable. Many procrastinations take place for people who suffer from adult attention deficit disorder, though it isn’t acknowledged as such.
Chronic procrastination grows into a compulsion to avoid existence. It’s addictive and as harmful as any other addictive drug. It can become your “drug of choice”, and your primary method to circumvent the reality of life…a form of escapism.
They’re not aware of what’s really needed in their life and seek frivolous things for fulfillment and instant gratification. It’s hard to say no. They may suffer from low self-esteem and are glad when someone needs their help, but rebel by never completing the requested favor.
Procrastinators are late for appointments and have difficulty estimating the amount of time it takes to arrive at a destination or completing a task. They may even resort to tricking their mind by setting their clock or watch a few minutes ahead. Can any of you relate to this?
If you think you’re a chronic procrastinator admit to your problem and make a decision to overcome it. Seek help. Therapy can be useful to learn new attitudes and overcome fears.
Ask yourself why you’re avoiding the things you dread. Make a list of dreaded activities, and what’s the worst that could happen if you avoid them. You’ll quickly see this could result in dismal consequences. Also make a list of happy activities, and why you would want to do them. Yes, there are happy activities too.
Time management can help. Stop giving in to activities that waste time. Develop a routine and break down your daily activities into small steps and tasks. Set a lesser deadline and meet it. Replace your “have to” with “want to. You don’t have to do anything. You have a choice. But, weigh the consequences of that choice.
You’re on your way to “recovery” when you do what you say you will do when you say you will do it. Success attracts success. Work on things you enjoy even if insignificant. At least the small things are getting done. Never feel guilty. Never submit to self-defeating mentality. Choose to improve the quality of your life and a life of quality will choose you.
Do you have a habit of putting things off? What small manageable actions can you take now. I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.
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