I'm incapable of getting tiny tasks done.
June 7, 2007 9:41 AM Subscribe
Most procrastination advice seems to include something along the lines of "Break up tasks into small manageable bits" and "Keep a to-do list." I procrastinate on tasks that are too small to break up and I already have a to-do list. It's getting worse and worse. I think it has something to do with social situations.
posted by chelseagirl to Human Relations (26 answers total) 33 users marked this as a favorite
I don't have a problem tackling large tasks (I actually enjoy completing huge projects by myself). Rather, the tasks that I put off the most are the ones that require me to make social contacts. They are usually tiny little tasks that simply require me to call someone up and ask them to do something. And its not like I am asking huge favors: the things that I am referring to are very straightforward, like asking a print shop to print something or a customer service rep to change some information on an account. That is their job and I am not inconveniencing them by asking, so it's not like I should be feeling guilty for asking. And it seems to be happening more and more often.
I put off returning phone calls and email (in both work and personal arenas) as well. It got so bad last month that a friend emailed my boyfriend asking where I was and if I was okay. I was incredibly embarassed and I managed to email an apology and now everything's cool, and I vowed not to let this happen anymore. But I'm still doing it at work and with other people.
Yet I don't feel like I have social anxiety. I can be shy (when it comes to asking people for stuff, like directions or information) but I am friendly, I make people laugh, people like me. I once worked as a shot girl in a bar and was pretty successful; I had no fear of going up to strangers, flirting, joking and asking them to buy disgusting jello shots. Given my (low-level) position at work, I am actually too outspoken during meetings. I'm not afraid of public speaking. I really don't think I have social anxiety. I used to think my procrastination was a symptom of ADD, but now that I see it so linked to social situations I'm not sure.
What is wrong with me? What can I do about it? Have you had a similar problem? Thanks everyone.