Sources of Procrastination

  1. Stress. Sometimes when I get really stressed out I try to pretend the problem doesn’t exist.
  2. Inadequate preparation. Large tasks need to be broken down into smaller ones. If you don’t have all the information necessary to do something it won’t get done.
  3. Depression. Kinda obvious really. All that don’t care vibe doesn’t exactly help with productivity.
  4. ADD. Major problem for me. I think maybe the easiest solution is to get back on my meds and declutter my environment. Removing distractions always helps. For anyone who suspects they might have ADD try having 100mg (about a cup of coffee) of caffeine. Its roughly equivalent to 5mg (standard dose) of Ritalin so if this helps you stop procrastinating then ADD might be worth investigating.

I think some of the easier solutions would be to get some exercise or meditate. Discussing options with someone else can help you make decisions and get started on projects. Keep a log of what you actually spend your time doing and what you achieve – keeps you honest and can be good to refer back to. Work out what motivates you – everyone has something – and refer to it when you feel yourself falling behind. If you are one of those people who derive satisfaction from crossing things off lists then feel free to make those lists. Perhaps have a notebook with a couple of pages per project (depending on the size) and keep an updated list of every action associated with it.

Finally if you are just totally not in the mood to do anything. Try not to feel too guilty about it. There’s no point in doing nothing if you won’t enjoy it. Just don’t make a habit of it 🙂

3 thoughts on “Sources of Procrastination

  1. Colin October 13, 2006 / 5:03 pm

    Chocolate and Red Bull, or, Red Bull and Chocolate. Live on the stuff when I’m trying to really focus (as in programming, not as in trying to see the ridiculously small print they use in magazines these days…)


  2. urbaer October 15, 2006 / 3:22 am

    Hmmm… find Red Bull a bit tastless. Prefer Jolt (which is fairly hard to find) or Red Eye.


  3. miriam October 15, 2006 / 9:46 am

    I have issues with Red Eye. It starts to taste very powdery after a while :-sAnd Colin, I’m not interested in being productive if I also have to be fat :-p


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