Um...all the time! You're definitely not alone. I wish I could force myself to write hubs...I just can't do it. When the mood strikes, the mood strikes.
The only time that I get everything I need to get done is with deadlines, set by someone else. It's funny because everyone always assumes I'm a self-starter. My secret - I respond tremendously well to deadlines.
I once read an article about procrastination and a professional said it was a serious disease or something like that. I had all of her symptoms and childhood specifications (having controlling, overbearing parents, etc.).
I'm not terribly worried about it though, I always get things done when I need them to get done. Maybe I rush myself, but I am able to admit that I enjoy the HUGE adrenaline rush of meeting deadlines. Nothing wrong with that!
Whenever I put of an assignment and start to 'buckle down' in the last few hours before it is due, I feel this odd sense of peace and calmness and euphoria once finished.
Or (the non-professional view)... Sometimes a person just gets sick of always doing what they're supposed to be and decides it's really ok and healthy to put off until tomorrow what they could have done today.
In general, I'm almost compulsive about not procrastinating because I know what happens when you let that seep into life; but another way to look at procrastinating is "simply removing a task from today's to-do list and putting it on tomorrow's to-do list". (Tomorrow is another day. Besides, sometimes if you procrastinate long enough whatever it is you had to do actually does go away in one way or another. )
HAHAHAH!!!! I have scheduled myslef a few minutes to check in here this morning while the children eat breakfast. After yesterday's sillynes, I feel ready to get some work done this afternoon!! I am going to bake a cake and clean the house for tomorrow is my duaghters birthday party. I just might brush my hair today too. Who knows?
The only way I fight procrastination and dalliance is with strict rules for myself. One hub every morning. Three webpages every afternoon. Ten backlinks a day on blogs. And stuff like that.
I've defined a schedule that I believe is fair, makes money and pays the bills, and lets me do other things in my life as well.
When you work at home everyday, you can get lax if you don't really push yourself.
I once asked a Jesuit Professor why I had to take 5 years of latin. And his response was, to learn that life isn't always fun. I think of that when I don't want to do anything. And then I get on with it.
I love that quote. It's great. I find that my procrastination has worsened after my last job. I am talking unimaginable deadlines and insane pressure. It's almost like I had so many deadlines and goals that now I'm really enjoying 'freedom' lol. I'm looking forward going back to school though, I know I can meet the deadlines, I just hope I'll be able to remember what it is like to set personal goals within the hard deadlines in order to really ace my courses. If that makes sense!
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