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Are you a procrastinator?  Always? Sometimes?

I am sometimes.  I keep rolling the unwanted task from week to week or month to month until I finally do it or give up attempting to do it. I have analyzed why I procrastinate with some things, and it boils down to feeling pressure to do something where I am unsure (often around technology) and resent having to change or learn something new. I’m basically resisting myself. When I finally push myself myself to face an unwanted task, I make myself do it first–before I do anything else.  That way, the resentful feeling is replaced by one of relief when it’s over and done.  I often wonder why I waited so long.

Writer Sue Shellenbarger offered her take on procrastination in the January 8, 2014 edition of the Wall Street Journal:  To End Procrastination, Look to the Science of Mood Repair.  “Often, procrastinators attempt to avoid the anxiety or worry aroused by a tough task with activities aimed at repairing their mood,” she writes. “Increasingly, psychologists and time-management consultants are focusing on a new strategy: helping procrastinators see how attempts at mood repair are sabotaging their efforts and learn to regulate their emotions in more productive ways.”

When you procrastinate, what’s your solution?


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