Getting out of the procrastination hole
March 26, 2007 9:48 AM Subscribe
When the deadline for all of your projects was two weeks ago, everything is at priority #1, and stress levels are at an all time high, how do you step back, get things in order, and progress so you can catch up and get back on top of your life?
posted by schroedinger to Work & Money (24 answers total) 56 users marked this as a favorite
I'm woefully behind in work, in school, and outside projects. While there have been outside factors that have made this a doozy of a semester, for the most part it's all because of my procrastination. This has happened more times than I can count and usually ends with me stressing out, shutting down, pretending my responsibilities don't exist and failing utterly. I would prefer this not happen this time.
I need some way to organize all these tasks in my life so I can get on top of them (in a better fashion than a top-down list). Something more visual than the GTD method--if I try to pick only one task to finish at a time I usually shut down anyway because all tasks feel like they have to be done now. And I need a way to calm my brain down so it doesn't short out and prevent me from doing anything. I started a workout program a week ago but haven't enjoyed the beneficial endorphins yet, since during it all I can think of is how I should be spending this time on something else. But if I don't work out, I feel like I should be to keep me running smoothly.
Also, if there are any more holistic, I guess, suggestions for how to just motivate myself on track but not go so far overdrive that I crash again that would be awesome. I really have never pulled myself out of this kind of procrastination hole before so if I could do it at least this once it would be amazing. Thank you!