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procrasticat
Posted by thedeadqueen on 2007.07.20 at 10:42
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
And now for a subject near and dear to my heart:

Do you procrastinate?  When do you do it, and what methods do you use?

My own answers below, in a cut.

Oh--and if none of my topics interest you, feel free to ignore them and post your own.  I have no agenda, whatever you want to talk about is fine.

I have a truly pathetic confession to make.  It's summer, and I can finally throw my energy into the creative projects I love: my book for gifted teenagers and a story I'm working on with a girl in France, among other things.  So have I actually spent any time at all writing?  Ha.  No.  Apparently, even when I have nothing I would want to procrastinate on, habit asserts itself and I find myself procrastinating anyway.  So here's what I find myself doing: checking my email repeatedly, participating in two livejournal accounts and a number of online communities (in which I post interesting stuff and no one bothers to answer), and taking care of my cat.  All are fun, but none are things I particularly care about.  Telling myself that I really want to do what I'm not doing doesn't seem to work.  Does this situation sound familiar to anyone?


Comments:


napthia9
napthia9 at 2007-09-13 03:03 (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, I'm procrastinating by leaving a comment on a post about procrastination.

Oh MAN. This is such a typical case of procrastinating because of perfectionism. I don't want to start my essay because I want it to be perfect the first time I write it.... because I'm too lazy to edit it AND because by the time I'm done with the rough draft, I won't have time to edit it. Because I spent the last week PROCRASTINATING.

Of course, the other ironic thing about my procrastination habits is that I'm reading political/informational blogs... so oddly, I'm still learning stuff. I'm just not doing the work to prove that I learned some other stuff.
dousatsu at 2009-05-12 03:30 (UTC) (Link)
I hate that......it's something we have to get over, like we want to blow it away with the first try so we can exercise our exceedingness :P

And I hate how you're still so driven that you have to research obscure stuff or organize folders XD
zaraakinae at 2008-01-14 01:09 (UTC) (Link)
Procrastinate? Me? Never!

I don't think a gifted teen can be called a proper gifted teen unless they have the terrible habit of procrastination. In my own convoluted psychoanalysis, I've discovered that the reason I procrastinate is that I know I can put it off until midnight the night before it's due and still get an A on it. So why should I do it ahead of time? It's a terrible habit that I really need to break... but it leads me into a twisted circle. I say I need to stop procrastinating, but wasting time is such incredible fun that I'll just do it tomorrow.
thedeadqueen
thedeadqueen at 2008-06-29 20:23 (UTC) (Link)

you probably don't even remember this thread, it was so long ago...

Procrastinate? Me? Never! lol.

Interesting...it sounds though like you don't really believe you need to stop procrastinating. For the reason you said: if you can get an A on it, why bother? Just to be more socially acceptable?

I don't think a gifted teen can be called a proper gifted teen unless they have the terrible habit of procrastination.
That's really interesting. So an overachiever type, really smart, with a talent for knowing exactly how to get things done, wouldn't be gifted then...what about a gifted teen who was properly challenged? (Yeah, I know, that never happens... ;D )
dousatsu at 2009-05-12 03:33 (UTC) (Link)
Me too! It's like "hey, well I can rest up and wait and still get an A if I get it done last-minute because I'm THAT gifted" :P

What helps me sometimes is being driven for God, like letting go of perfectionism for a little bit and relaxing in His love. Then I can do my work without feeling the drive to go beyond an A because it's about loving God instead.

Thought I'd share <3
Z {Chapter Thirty-Three: The Prince's Tale}
0_0dbo_o at 2008-06-28 03:24 (UTC) (Link)
I think I might be the human incarnate of procrastination at times.
...In fact I'm not even sure where to begin?

I put off everything... things I don't want to do, want to do, mean to do, have to do... it just seems like everything in the world is paced wrong.
I guess my reason for procrastinating is incredibly complicated... it's a different reason for different things. Some things I know I can put off a little longer, some things I want to get right the first time, some things I want put off because I want to think about doing them before I do them, and other things I'm afraid to do before I think about it for a while. But most of the time it's because it's 'paced wrong' in how I want things to work out... usually things against my will are things I procrastinate, because it's not my way...
thedeadqueen
thedeadqueen at 2008-06-29 20:18 (UTC) (Link)
I put off everything... things I don't want to do, want to do, mean to do, have to do... Me too.

When you say everything in the world is paced wrong, what do you mean?

Also, how deliberately do you procrastinate? When I procrastinate, it usually feels like it's "against my will" and I just "find myself" doing something that isn't what I wanted to be doing, and I generally feel low-energy and blah at the same time. But from what zaraakinae said, it sounds like one can procrastinate on purpose just because it seems like the best use of time. Do you do both, neither, something else entirely...?
Z {Chapter Thirty-Three: The Prince's Tale}
0_0dbo_o at 2008-07-01 20:50 (UTC) (Link)
Kind of both, but also...
Hmm, I'm not sure what other way to express the 'paced wrong' part...
I suppose it's rather like part of me feels obligated to work within a 'normal' schedule, while another part of me wants to work in 'my' schedule, but because I live with others I try to work 'my' into 'normal', and it ends up procrastination. Because my mom is a very structured person, and I'm very not other than certain habitual/repetitive aspects of my behavior... and if I could, I'd probably stay up late and wake up late normally, which I can do to an extent during the summer, but not entirely, because there are things I am supposed to do (chores, etc.) and things I want to do (draw, write, listen to music).
It winds up a horrible jumble. D:
dousatsu at 2009-05-12 03:34 (UTC) (Link)
I know....we just keep finding excuses, don't we?
thedeadqueen
thedeadqueen at 2008-06-29 20:29 (UTC) (Link)

what helps with procrastination?

One thing I've found helpful is to recognize what I'm doing and talk to someone about it. Since my procrastination takes the form of not feeling like doing anything, including thinking about snapping out of it, I've had to train myself over the years to think, "Oh look, I'm procrastinating again. What am I going to do about it?" Because as stupid as that insight sounds, without it, I just don't stop until something from the outside forces me to. That's why summer is the worst--no outside obligations, so no jolts from the outside.

I recently talked to napthia9 and we commiserated about how badly we were procrastinating. Even though she seemed to be getting even less done than I was, talking to her really helped.

Making lists can also help, if I can wake myself up enough to make one.

What helps you?
thedeadqueen
thedeadqueen at 2008-06-29 20:41 (UTC) (Link)

2 different types of procrastination

My life right now is the perfect illustration of 2 completely different kinds of perfectionism.

First, a little background. My parents live in different suburbs, about an hour away from each other. My mom isn't working right now, while my dad works at home during the summer.

At my mom's house, there are no tasks to do besides the ones I impose on myself. These tend to be open-ended, like looking for a job, working on my book, practicing violin, and teaching myself guitar. There's no particular time at which any of these has to be done, and so at any given moment it becomes a matter of what I feel like doing. And, of course, I never feel like overcoming inertia to do any of those things, so...I do none of them. And then I feel bored, irritable, and depressed because I have nothing to do.

Meanwhile, at my dad's house, there's far too much to do and it's overwhelming. When I came back from college earlier this month, I dumped all the stuff from my dorm room into my room at my dad's house. Problem was, there was barely enough room for the stuff that was already there. So until I can clean up, I have boxes, bags, and suitcases all over every square inch of floor space. Ideally, I could shove everything into my closet and my cupboard, except those are full up with crap I should have sorted through a couple years ago, shoved in the last time I needed to do a quick clean up. So I have to organize all my old stuff before I can put away the new stuff. I've been working on this every weekend since I came home, and I'm still not done. Meanwhile, my dad needs me to clean up his office and shelve books for him. Meanwhile, since I plan to work near there, I've been doing a lot of job search stuff at his house. Here, I procrastinate because I have so much to do, I don't feel like doing any of it, and I believe I can't do it, because I've been working so long and haven't made a dent.

So, there's procrastinating when you have too little to do and procrastinating when you have too much to do. I'm still searching for the magic amount of stuff to do where I don't procrastinate. ^^
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