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Help me JUST CLICK REPLY ALREADY.

I regularly flake on email responses-- both personal and professional. (I have all the comorbidities you'd expect: ADHD, perfectionism, perpetual writer's block, mild social anxiety, introversion, disorganization, procrastination/avoidant tendencies.) I'm starting a new job and need this particular behavior to stop forthwith. Short of completely overhauling my whole effed-up executive function, is there an ironclad system I can implement to ensure that every single one of those emails gets answered punctually? [more inside]
posted by Sockinian on Jul 11, 2014 - 18 answers

Dealing with mental fatigue throughout the week

I usually start off the week with a lot of energy and ready to go. But by Wednesday, I feel mentally fatigued, lacking motivation, prone to procrastination, unable to focus creatively. The worst part is that I really need the energy to push through to Friday deadlines. Do you have any tips or advice to deal with this? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Jun 5, 2014 - 14 answers

In need of non-vomit-inducing insprational quotation

I need your ideas for sayings/quotations/an awesome slogan you just came up with yourself that conveys the idea that you should just get up and do your workout. It's part of a gift (for a very willing participant), but because that thinspiration stuff makes me want to hurl and because the quotation will be visible to other people, I don't want a "you will love your body more" or even "I really regret that workout said nobody ever" type thing. [more inside]
posted by atomicstone on May 29, 2014 - 27 answers

Sites for finding an procrastination accountability partner?

This is probably an unusual question, but here goes anyway. I'm a chronic procrastinator, and have been having a hard time keeping on task from day to day. I would like to start planning my days ahead of time, but am having some trouble making it a habit. To that end, I've been trying to find an "accountability partner" online to correspond with through email, since I can't think of anyone who could assist me with this in real life. We could encourage each other, as well as keep each other honest. The problem is... I have no clue where to find someone who would be keen on this idea. Can you think of any sites in which I could find someone that might fit the bill? Also, do you have any suggestions for improving my idea? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on May 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Leechblock for iPhone?

I'm trying to cut down on online procrastination and leechblock has been awesome for that, but I end up cheating on my iPhone. Is there any equivalent app? [more inside]
posted by raeka on Apr 22, 2014 - 1 answer

Focusing on work

It is very difficult for me to focus when I have any problems at all. Sitting around alone in silence doesn't work for me! What might? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Apr 6, 2014 - 10 answers

How best to handle moving out technically TONIGHT?

I procrastinated horribly and relied upon uncertain things, and I technically need to move out of my apartment tonight or I assume suffer consequences. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by destructive cactus on Feb 24, 2014 - 39 answers

How to prevent daily tasks from overwhelming me?

I have a problem with consistency in carrying out daily activities, particularly those that are communication-based such as responding to messages. I have missed out on business opportunities, hurt friendships, and am generally seen as unreliable due to my inability to respond to people's messages in a timely matter. This has got to change, but I'm not sure how and could use your help. [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 on Feb 10, 2014 - 16 answers

Are there any animals which procrastinate?

Putting off onerous tasks is a well-known human trait, but are any non-human animals guilty of it? I can only think of the grasshopper in the fable by Aesop, but that is fictional, of course.
posted by dontjumplarry on Jan 29, 2014 - 17 answers

If willpower is a muscle, how to you train it?

I suffer from a deficit of willpower. I set goals, make promises, assure myself that I will follow them... and then end up feeling terrible when I impulsively break them. I'd appreciate advice and tactics from people who have suffered from and overcome a similar lack of control on how to train this 'willpower muscle.' [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Jan 12, 2014 - 26 answers

What's the #1 change you've made to improve your time management skills?

former chronic procrastinators, reformed flighty people, etc.: What's the #1 change you've made to improve your organizational and time management skills? (new mantra or mindset? taking a course? etc) [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Nov 19, 2013 - 23 answers

What can I do during a short break from studying to refresh myself but w

I've figured out that taking short, 5-10 minute breaks while I study helps a lot but I'm having a hard time taking a break without getting distracted and forgetting to go back to work. What is something I can do that's relaxing or interesting but doesn't last long? [more inside]
posted by raeka on Sep 29, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I believe in myself again and make a choice I can truly own?

After years of parental pressure and self-conflict, I no longer know: do I want to be a doctor or not? I am paralyzed with self-doubt and indecision and have repeatedly shot myself in the foot. How can I stop spinning my wheels, climb out of the deep rut I dug myself, make a choice and act on it with conviction? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2013 - 24 answers

We Can Dissertate If We Want To

How do you force yourself to work hard when you just don't care? I'm looking for practical tips/tricks, cognitive/behavioral strategies, and MacGyver-ish life kludges for pervasive procrastination. [more inside]
posted by therumsgone on Aug 26, 2013 - 11 answers

Procrastinator needs to write 9k words in 3 days. Please advise.

So, I made a previous thread about my general tendencies to dither and procrastinate. On some fronts I've made progress since then, but not recently. I've come back from my year abroad placement at college and I have 3 papers to write to make the year count. They're 3k each. [more inside]
posted by lethologues on Aug 23, 2013 - 16 answers

I feel a crushing lack of energy, apathy, lack of focus/motivation.

I'm 21, bright, full of potential and with lots of dreams...but I feel completely, ridiculously unable to complete menial daily tasks. I need to move out, as family life isn't peachy. I need to do a lot of things to get my marketing career going, and I see it: but I'm unmotivated and lazy. Today is a low point, very low, can't stop tearfully moping about. Plz help. :( [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Aug 12, 2013 - 8 answers

I don't need a new drug (but I need a new drug).

Somehow having a chronic illness became my hobby for the past year. Now I'm getting better and I want to stop dwelling on it, but I don't remember how I used to pass the time. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Aug 6, 2013 - 16 answers

How to break the cyle go to bed early? Is it procrastination?

I have an annoying tendency to go to bed very late, like 3 or 4 am and wake up at lunch hour. I've tried to change this by getting used to wake up when the sun comes up but I'm always breaking this habit and going back to sleep with the windows covered. I think I got this annoying habit because I procrastinate during the day and when the day comes to an end I don't want to go to bed because I didn't do what was most important during the day. So I try to do that important thing until like 4 am and them go to sleep. I want to break this cycle but it's so difficult!
posted by tsuwal on Jul 21, 2013 - 27 answers

Dealing with performance anxiety, procrastination and discipline

I've been putting off important tasks due to anxiety and a big fear of failure. What books would you recommend that teaches concepts or techniques that would help? [more inside]
posted by crowbar_of_irony on Jun 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Just 5 More Minutes

I developed a terrible habit at University my freshmen year. I would tell myself that I would only waste another 5 minutes before starting my homework, but I would keep tacking on an extra 5 minutes, and I would do this almost indefinitely, sometimes all the way up to the due date. Help me develop good habits for next year. :/ [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Jun 5, 2013 - 23 answers

The power of creative procrastination.

Years ago, quite possibly while I was still in high school, I read a humorous essay in which the writer was able to complete a day's worth of household chores by creatively procrastinating. I have NO recollection of the author or the title. [more inside]
posted by tantrumthecat on May 15, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I organize my life and surroundings

I lack basic skills to manage a normal day. I have no structure at all and want to be able to get by in life. I am a chronic mess maker and lose much of everything, so I want to learn life skills to be able to live normally. [more inside]
posted by wholecornandsalt on Mar 25, 2013 - 25 answers

How Do I Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Art School?

Due to a mix of laziness, depression, social anxiety and loneliness, I'm not doing too great in school. I really need to get it together, and I just don't know how to do it. I feel tapped out at the end of the day and I'm tired of it. I like art, but going to school for it just isn't very fulfilling. I'm thinking I just need to get through it and I'll be okay, but how do I develop the work ethic that my classmates have? [more inside]
posted by malapropist on Mar 19, 2013 - 23 answers

Temporarily disable specific apps/files/folders on Mac OS 10.5.8?

I want to minimize my computer-related distractions by taking apps like SelfControl to the next level: I want to not just irreversibly disconnect from the internet for a given time period, but to even make it impossible for me to indulge in my next-favorite mindless pastime, viz. reconsuming old movies/episodes/podcasts I have saved on my HD. But I don't want to permanently delete these things. Is there a way of disabling specific apps (e.g. video players) or preventing access to specific files/folders on a Mac for a preset time period? Or even of preventing my computer from powering up at all for, say, 12 hours? (Yeah, I'm that pathetically addicted.)
posted by zeri on Mar 3, 2013 - 4 answers

How can I achieve a state of creative flow as a writer?

When I'm racing to meet a writing deadline, I feel a sense of exhilaration, momentum, and flow. How can achieve that state on a regular basis so I can make steady progress on my writing? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Feb 27, 2013 - 17 answers

Do rewards work on anhedonics?

I want to reward myself for getting things done, but my depression poisons everything fun. Depressed Mefites, have you found any ways to self-reward that break through anhedonia? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Feb 27, 2013 - 16 answers

What's that coming over the hill, is it a-FINALS!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhh

Your tips and tricks for overcoming procrastination and revising for essay based exams please! [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Feb 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Self pacing is not a skill I have in abundance

Any advice for surviving a pair of online classes? [more inside]
posted by theichibun on Jan 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Twas the Night Before Leaving For Christmas

One hour to clean and straighten up very messy office so I can get some last minute work done tonight before I leave tomorrow on a 2 week break. Ready? Go. What's first? Oh, btw, not a hoarder, but want to keep some stuff.
posted by Xurando on Dec 16, 2012 - 8 answers

How do you stop an internet addiction from diminishing your priorities?

Need help breaking an internet addiction before school begins. [more inside]
posted by raintree on Nov 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Tool to track 100% of my time?

What's the best tool to track all my time? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Oct 14, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I help my husband stay focused and on track with things that are important to both of us

How can I help my husband stay focused and on track with things that have to get done and are important to both of us. I don't want to nag and just want us both to be happier. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Therapist recommendations for laziness/procrastionation in greater LA area

Therapist recommendations in Orange County / South LA. Specifically for procrastination and laziness issues. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 1, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I avoid procrastinating on tasks that have “fallen off the radar” / are less urgent?

How do I avoid procrastinating on tasks that have “fallen off the radar” / are less urgent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2012 - 14 answers

I like work but not when I have to.

If I feel like I "have" to do something, or that I'll get something out of doing something, I immediately lose interest. How can I learn to enjoy tasks for their own sake, even when I know that's not why I'm doing them? [more inside]
posted by jumelle on Sep 15, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I deal with an oppositional child? (Child within, that is.)

There are things that I genuinely want to do and like doing, but something in me rebels. Help. [more inside]
posted by summer sock on Sep 14, 2012 - 21 answers

Idiopathic delayed note syndrome

I supervise a person who has enormous difficulty finishing her case notes. My efforts to remediate her so far have been unsuccessful. How can I help her finish her work? [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on Sep 12, 2012 - 39 answers

Reason vs emotion: Can't afford baby. Want a baby

Coming to terms with circumstances. Baby fever edition. I need help doing it. How did you decide to be ok with waiting to get pregnant? Alternatively, how did you decide to go ahead and attempt pregnancy even though it was a bad idea financially in the short term? What books or articles or blog posts can I read (the library is right down the street!) that address this? [more inside]
posted by tulip-socks on Aug 3, 2012 - 28 answers

How do I end the cycle of self-sabotage?

How do I end the cycle of self-sabotage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me finish a PhD in 6 weeks

Help me to make a great leap forward in my PhD in the next six weeks. I am in the last year of my PhD (philosophy) so the thesis has to be finished by December, however, I am also full time university lecturer, so when the term starts my ability to write every day is drastically compromised. By selling part of my soul I negotiated almost complete freedom for the next six weeks and I want to use them to make massive progress with writing the thesis. I already have about 40,000 words written and I am hoping to write another 40,000 over the next 6 weeks. The challenge is to stick to the daily quota of 1,000 words, as some days it is possible, even fun, other days it is very very hard. [more inside]
posted by slimeline on Jul 31, 2012 - 23 answers

I wish I could be a completely different person.

I have so many problems--I'm so far from being the person I want to be --that I don't even know where to start. If you were me, what would you do this week to try to build up to some change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2012 - 45 answers

How to pull oneself out of a book by the bootstraps?

How do I drag myself out the door to do the things I want to do? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Jul 9, 2012 - 21 answers

Can I find someone to yell at me until I finish my work?

Is there audio I can download to encourage me not to give up on tasks? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Jun 27, 2012 - 2 answers

Why can't I just get up early, shower and dress, eat, walk the dog, and go?

How can I train myself to get into work by 9AM when nobody but me seems to care at all what time I come in? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jun 21, 2012 - 61 answers

Is there such thing as a procrastination coach?

Can I hire a "life tutor" to help me kick procrastination and organize my projects? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Jun 11, 2012 - 7 answers

How can I kick this procrastination habit once and for all?

I am at wits end with myself. How can I kick this procrastination habit once and for all (despite many failures)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2012 - 22 answers

Sometimes when I need to do certain tasks, especially emailing superiors, I get a lot of anxiety about it, which causes me to procrastinate on it, which causes *DAYS* to go by, just causing me more anxiety and more procrastination. What can I do to stop this cycle?

Sometimes when I need to do certain tasks, especially emailing superiors, I get a lot of anxiety about it, which causes me to procrastinate on it, which causes *DAYS* to go by, just causing me more anxiety and more procrastination. What can I do to stop this cycle? [more inside]
posted by 254blocks on May 8, 2012 - 24 answers

The buddy system for procrastination?

I'm using Teux Deux--but is there on online support forum that help me support my goals for exercise, uncluttering, other side projects? I need a buddy! [more inside]
posted by biscuits on May 3, 2012 - 2 answers

When was "too little stress" ever a problem?!

I need some help with motivation. I work best to set-in-stone deadlines which I will be in trouble if I do not meet. Unfortunately my current job doesn't work that way. I'm finding myself rather unproductive these days and I don't like it. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Apr 12, 2012 - 11 answers

I'm addicted to twelve-step programs!

I can't seem to stick to a goal or self-improvement regime for more than a few days before switching to a newer, shinier, better one. Help. [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Apr 2, 2012 - 10 answers

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