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I am a procrastinator. I put everything off. I make to do lists and never complete them.

How can I get over my procrastination? Are there self help books available?

I'm tired of putting things off! Help!

Fri. Feb 23, 9:18am

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You say that as if there's some sort of robot controlling you. The answer is just do it. I'm a major procrastinator as well (also very lazy) but I just decided that I'm going to do things instead of not doing them or saying that I'm going to do it later (i.e. get to the gym, do the dishes, finish work projects, etc.). I think it has to be a concsious choice.

Friday, February 23, 2007, 9:23 AM

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usually I put something off because I don't like to do it! so, why not reward yourself with something small when you complete your task. when I am at work, and I have a ton of paperwork to complete, I allow myself five minutes every hour on the internet to check peertrainer, or some other website as long as I am staying on task and getting things done.

Friday, February 23, 2007, 9:33 AM

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In answer to your question, here are a couple of self-help titles on procrastination:
-- Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It, by Jane B. Burka & Lenora M., Ph.D. Yuen
-- The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play by Neil Fiore

Alternatively, is your procrastination trying to tell you something? Is it trying to help you simplify your life? Is it trying to tell you that others are taking up too much space in your day? Is something valuable missing from your life and is procrastination trying to get it for you? Just food for thought...

Friday, February 23, 2007, 9:44 AM

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i'll post something later...

Friday, February 23, 2007, 10:24 AM

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You might start by thinking about why you are procrastinating. Then you can figure out how to approach the problem. I am a horrible perfectionist. I would rather not do something if I can't do it right, so often I just put it off. In order to get started, I have to think about how much doing something would be better than doing nothing at all. Other times, I know it is just because I don't like to do something. In those cases I try and motivate myself by saying it will get done and then I won't have to think about it any more.

Friday, February 23, 2007, 12:28 PM

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