Confessions Of A Chronic Procrastinator

I knew when I decided to start Sara Simply that I needed to write a blog about procrastination, so I started working on this post in July.

And then I literally put it off for six months. Oops.

I have been a chronic procrastinator for a long time. Not only did I procrastinate writing this post, I procrastinated putting together this blog as a whole. I procrastinated getting ready this morning and was almost late to class. I think I procrastinate something every day.

But my procrastination isn’t always caused by disinterest or boredom with the task at hand. In fact, I have always been very excited about this blog and quickly and creatively brainstormed tons of ideas right off the bat. But then there was a disconnect when it came to following through.

It seems like some of us with ADD are just hardwired to procrastinate and that means I can own that I will never be the student who does the reading the day it’s assigned. But there are a few things I do to try to manage my inevitable procrastination.

Some people crave crunch time and need the thrill of the last minute to motivate them. So try to back up what last minute means for you instead of the day before, maybe 2 or 3 before. Trust me, once you get started you will likely feel the same time crunch with just a tad less anxiety.

It’s also important to do something (literally anything) to start the project on the day it’s assigned to you. Even if you just open up and label the word document, having already started makes it easier to go back later and work on it, now that you are over the large hump of starting it.

I’ve also found it helpful to find fellow procrastinators so that we can hold each other accountable. Make a timeline for a project and share it with a friend so they can check in on your progress.

I’m not going to lie and say that I’ve solved my procrastination problem. My classmates and friends can attest that is far from the truth. But with these strategies, I am able to work on trying to build habits to start projects earlier and avoid the anxiety later on.

What have you procrastinated lately? Let me know in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Confessions Of A Chronic Procrastinator

  1. I’m guessing we will eventually find a genetic component to this all. I never thought I could be ADD, because early days were all about diagnosing ADHD, and I have NEVER been described as hyperactive! But what you describe, from anxiety to procrastination, excitement and creativity, all describe my process.
    My most recent procrasti-project is putting together materials for my summer students to use at the university. Even faculty procrastinates!! But, like you, I have strategies to make sure I eventually succeed, because it’s important that my students succeed! (I have 8 WORD documents with only titles at this point… but a TON of ideas!!)

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    1. Hi Kelly, thanks so much for your comment! I totally agree that sometime we may find a genetic component someday – my dad, brother and sister all have ADD too. But it’s been interesting seeing how differently it manifests in all of us. I love hearing about your own procrastination, I can totally relate! I have so many notes and ideas stashed all over the place that I have such a hard time getting around to following through on. I am grateful for the increased creativity my ADD gives me to come up with so many ideas though!

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