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Perfectionism, procrastination and panic: finishing essay under pressure

UK university filter: I have to finish two much-overdue essays very quickly. How to best shut down my mind (while anxious and depressed) from procrastinating and indulging in perfectionism / "analysis paralysis) [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Sep 1, 2015 - 7 answers

How do I become an organized, routine-driven, goal-achieving adult?

Were you an unfocused, chronically late, procrastinating, disorganized adult who become someone with diligence, persistence, and the ability to set and succeed at long-term goals? I can form schedules, organizational systems, and have lofty long-term goals, but fail at implementation. I am the kid who eats the marshmallow before the researcher leaves the room. Have you been me, and become someone else? What were your strategies for change? [more inside]
posted by Hey nonny nonny mouse on Aug 7, 2015 - 29 answers

What is a healthy response to trying to do a thing that is hard?

My response to trying to start a challenging task is to become cranky/grumpy/etc., and my partner's response is to avoid doing the task. What is a healthier approach? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2015 - 21 answers

What is my PROBLEM?

Regular short periods of mild depression?/terrible procrastination/apathy about twice a month...therapist seems puzzled. What is this? Anything I can do to help me & my therapist address this? [more inside]
posted by Baethan on May 14, 2015 - 19 answers

Please Help Me Fail.

I need to screw up a couple of times. Once I do, I'll realize it's not the end of the world, and I will be able to stop keeping everything on hold. But I've been on hold for most of my life, paralyzed and afraid to move for fear of not getting it perfectly right. How do I bring myself to put forth the effort to do the scary thing, even knowing that that's the only way I can make it stop being scary? [more inside]
posted by Because on May 11, 2015 - 28 answers

How do I develop my sense of time awareness?

Help a grad student with a very skewed perception of time! How do you train yourself to become more aware of time passing? What mechanisms/tricks have you used successfully to become more timely? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Apr 19, 2015 - 16 answers

Last-minute 5K training

Much like this question, but I'm slower and have less time to prepare! Basically, my goal is to run an upcoming 5k in 30 minutes or less. I ran two 5ks last fall a couple minutes over this time, and my infrequent training in the interim has hovered just over or just under my goal. Now I have less than 2 weeks and I want to make a last-ditch effort. [more inside]
posted by Slater Sheldahl on Apr 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Being disciplined vs. not forcing it?

These days all the literature on creativity/productivity emphasizes routines and unromantic workmanlike discipline. Forget inspiration and "just do it!" But more often than not, when I put my butt in the chair to get down to business… Nothing. Happens. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Feb 17, 2015 - 14 answers

Time management, for real this time

Got my 2014 performance review. It was, like always, a straight split between "you are amazing beyond belief at this stuff" (actual job functions, strategy, driving new initiatives) and "you are so unimaginably bad at that stuff" (time management, deadlines). My boss told me very plainly that being unreliable is the agreed-upon Thing holding me back from leadership roles, it comes up whenever they talk about high-potential employees at the exec level (in a company of 250!), and if I were anyone else I'd be put on a performance improvement plan (I got a promotion and a raise instead—I was in a visible position before, now it's extremely visible and much higher-stakes if things go off the rails). I want to fix this for real, at work and also just in general with life. But I have no idea how to really do it. [more inside]
posted by argyle socks on Feb 10, 2015 - 24 answers

Flailing in a job that's a poor fit

How do you maintain consistent performance when you're simultaneously bored and overwhelmed? [more inside]
posted by delight on Feb 3, 2015 - 10 answers

Thoughts become things...sometimes.

I've been depressed and lazy and consistently exhausted for the better part of a decade now. A good, productive day is rare, even on meds. Imagine my surprise then, when a few days ago I managed to clean my perenially disorganized and chaotic room with the speed and efficiency of a Tasmanian devil. None of the things that would normally keep me sitting on my ass- my problem with throwing things away, my ADD, my perception of the task at hand as being overwhelming- seemed to be able to stop me, even when things got repetitive/boring. think I understand why this happened, but how can I apply this to everything else in my life that's become so neglected? Snowstorm under the cut. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Legit online therapy for anxiety?

For anyone who has done online therapy, was your experience useful? Any specific recommendations or tips for finding something that is legitimate? I am particularly interested in therapy that can be done over instant messaging. [more inside]
posted by picardythird on Jan 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Dealing with anxiety and self-doubt as a new public defender

I got my "dream job." I love it and don't want to do anything else. It is also completely insane and impossible. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2015 - 13 answers

I'm ruining my life with self-destructive habits... please help?

How do I stop various self-destructive habits (pornography, time-wasting websites, etc.) that I know are going to ruin my life and my marriage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2014 - 20 answers

I know; I'll post a question on Ask MetaF

I have lots of neat ideas for creative projects – cool websites to build, little indie games to make, music mixes to assemble, "maker" projects to create – but I'm terrible (terrible!) about follow-through. My hard drive and apartment are littered with unfinished projects that I started with enthusiasm, and have since only fiddled around with half-heartedly, if at all. How can I get better about this? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Dec 3, 2014 - 22 answers

Awful alternatives to procrastination! It's for a friend of mine

I need some "punishments" to help a friend beat procrastination. Some snowflakes below. [more inside]
posted by andycyca on Nov 25, 2014 - 20 answers

Self-destructive perfectionism keeping me from passing in schoolwork?

I'm doing poorly in one of my classes because I've turned in very little homework even though I'm doing really well otherwise. Most of the missing work is actually done, but I can't pass it in because it isn't 100% perfect. Please help me understand this behavior and suggest things that have helped you in the past. [more inside]
posted by supernaturelle on Nov 25, 2014 - 14 answers

I can't start writing anything. Why is so, and how do I change this ?

I have a lot of trouble writing stuff. I feel it's getting worse, to a point where it's problematic in my worklife. I don't understand why it is so, but I'd love to change this. Pointers, methods, experiences are all welcome, as I can't help but feel more than a bit weird about this. [more inside]
posted by motdiem2 on Nov 24, 2014 - 16 answers

ADD evaluation?

So this is actually a 2 part question.... [more inside]
posted by TestamentToGrace on Nov 18, 2014 - 14 answers

How to think of things I'm not thinking about?

If I'm obsessing about a small problem in my life, odds are, it's actually a displacement activity for something else in my life that I'm a) not thinking about and b) is actually the main source of stress. [more inside]
posted by Elysum on Oct 4, 2014 - 7 answers

Productivity tips when you can work only in dribs and drabs

I am not making much progress on a few difficult writing projects that require concentration and "deep work". I tell myself that I'll wait until I have a substantial block of uninterrupted time (say, four hours or more) when I can get some serious work done. Unfortunately, such blocks of time are few and far between. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Oct 3, 2014 - 7 answers

MBA in self-management

Expert self-managers, how do you do it? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Sep 30, 2014 - 2 answers

This question is also a form of procrastination.

I have been procrastinating finishing up a project for work for months, only working the night before having to give updates. Tomorrow is the deadline with the client and it's a big event and once again I'll need to spend the night working on it. I have no idea if I'll be able to finish in time but if I don't my head will probably roll. [more inside]
posted by Ratata on Sep 28, 2014 - 8 answers

A platform-agnostic Journal app.

So I've been using Oh Life to keep a journal for the last two years. The most useful feature is that it emails you a daily prompt, then stores your response online. You can also export all of your entries as a single document at any time. Sadly, the site is going away in October. Are there any other online journal apps that have similar email prompts, and aggregate your entries? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Sep 21, 2014 - 6 answers

How can I make life more stimulating and beat an Internet addiction?

I'm underemployed, have so many hobbies and interests that I can't decide which to pursue, and friends who are usually too busy to hang out very often. All of this makes my day-to-day life incredibly dull, so I usually end up online...all day. My room doesn't get cleaned, my laundry doesn't get done, my clients grow unhappy, and sometimes I forget to eat, but at least my brain has something to do. [more inside]
posted by oogenesis on Sep 4, 2014 - 16 answers

How do I break down and tackle huge projects?

How on earth do adults organize huge projects? And allot time to them? And then actually get them done? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Sep 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Personal Productivity

Has anyone read any good books that have actually helped them get more done on a daily basis? I am procrastinating with many things that I need to do and the procrastination doesn't occur by doing nothing but rather by doing low priority tasks, or thinking, or even reading. If anyone has a system that they have used to be more productive, please share.
posted by nidora on Aug 28, 2014 - 32 answers

How do I even work?

When working for other people who are paying me, I am one hard working mothergoddess. When it comes to working for myself, though, I struggle mightily. Help me fix that? [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess on Aug 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Action & Procrastination

Not sure how to say this, but I think that I am procrastinating on things even when I seem to be busy doing other things. I need to get to a point in my life where I am taking consistent action rather than thinking about doing things. [more inside]
posted by nidora on Aug 8, 2014 - 6 answers

How to stay focused on a long-term independent work project?

I am a freelancer and currently have a big, long-term (several months') project to work on. How do I stay focused? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Aug 1, 2014 - 12 answers

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

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