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Procrastination

Posted 05-05-2011 at 01:52 AM by TheIndependentAquarius
Updated 01-10-2012 at 09:02 AM by TheIndependentAquarius

Is procrastination a psychological problem or a habit?

I get nervous when I see a huge pile of work lying ahead
of me! I feel the nervousness in my body, my thinking
process slows down. I start finding excuses of postponing
the task. I feel the need to sleep. I start looking out
for the rest of the non-so-important jobs and can't
get them completed too, since at the back of my mind is a
heavy load of the major task which I am yet to start!

I tell myself to break the tasks into small parts and then
get to them one by one, but again even this process makes me
slower. The task which should not take more than 1 hour,
consumes the whole day!

When I sit back and remember the time I have wasted "thinking"
about the things and not doing anything, I feel terrified!
My studies have suffered a lot (and are still suffering) due
to the same. I always feel, yes tomorrow will be a new day
but alas, tomorrow never comes, don't I know that? I do, but
my mind is currently out of my control!! I think I need to
start out with the meditation and Yoga, before they throw me
out of the job.

I am yet to figure out what's the root cause of all this?
To which kind of people does this happen? If I know the cause,
perhaps then I might figure out a way to get myself out of the
current situation!
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  1. Old Comment
    @Desdd57,

    Starting is the problem, AFA I am concerned. I have realized, once I get started, I find the problem was not worth bothering so much. I have to overcome the starting fear somehow, thanks anyways.

    and BTW, my type is:
    Quote:
    The Afraid Type of Procrastinator

    This type of procrastination is worse in stressful situations because they are unsure about their ability to complete the work. They feel that they work better if they relax first because they put themselves under a lot of stress. The time they spend unwinding should be better spent completing their work because when time becomes a factor they put themselves under much more stress and the work is never completed to their satisfaction.
    from this link: http://www.stopprocrastinating.net/t...rocrastination ;-)
    Posted 05-12-2011 at 07:04 AM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
    Updated 05-12-2011 at 07:36 AM by TheIndependentAquarius
  2. Old Comment
    Boy, the Afraid-type sure sounds familiar. What I've found the last few days is that I can keep the anxious part of my brain distracted enough with some music - in my case 2h-long mixes of repetitive (break beats, dnb) music. That and throwing in a bit of the Pomodoro technique (tomighty turned out to be quite useful) seem to help.

    Just starting is key, but usually I'm fighting the part of myself that stops me from investing any time in the task at hand. I'm basically stuck trying to slip small nuggets of productive work under the radar, until I've lowered the barrier to continuing the task enough.
    Posted 05-12-2011 at 08:05 AM by capnbuzzword capnbuzzword is offline
  3. Old Comment

    Update

    This procrastination thing has been effecting my office work too, for quite a long time now.

    Got a mild spanking from the boss, today, he told me to avoid LQ!
    So, in order to avoid distractions and the spankings, I didn't login on LQ for the whole day today (office hours) and yes, that helped, I got something solid done today!!

    At least I have some sense of satisfaction now (I needed that spanking actually ).
    Posted 05-13-2011 at 08:34 AM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
  4. Old Comment
    Well I Looked at the site you presented, and I think I have some weakness from each one of the five different types listed there, Although the FEARFUL type really hits home.

    I tried to build a violin from a kit once , and when it came to the actual gluing part (which if you get wrong - THEN THE WHOLe PROJECT IS Ruind) and I could not, by any means make or will myself to proceed. Mind you - during this time many other jobs were completed, as I sought to do anything except that gluing one.

    I think it's an ongoing problem for us all, but the good news is:- It becomes less of a problem as one gets older. Some sites I have looked at recommend forgiving yourself. IMHO that is just a pile of doggy doo. Unless perhaps they mean forgive one's own past 1procrastinating

    The main thing is to keep trying and keep starting, and keep looking for answers. And I think that slowly a battle wall of protection will be built. So that whilst procrastination will always be around - we will be fortified by the many tricks (the wall). that we develope through experience and by friends advice. Good Luck
    Posted 05-14-2011 at 07:31 AM by Desdd57 Desdd57 is offline
  5. Old Comment
    Have got some new excuses for procrastination, now

    Lately, I've developed a great interest in photography. This keeps me buzzing on the photo.stackexchange.com and dpreview.com.

    The dpreview.com people have started "knowing me", for my taste of shots, which is weird in their view point

    Recently I received the comment, "Just water gushing out of a sewer. I consider it trying to make a silk purse out of a sows ear." for shooting a road side sewer . Well, what can I do if we don't have any Niagara falls in Gurgaon, to shoot?

    But the situation is a bit different now, I've developed a bit of self control. Those fora are not as addictive as LQ! Thank God!
    Posted 06-19-2011 at 09:28 AM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
  6. Old Comment
    That's not procrastination, it's developing (no pun intended) a new interest.
    Posted 06-20-2011 at 07:27 AM by brianL brianL is offline
  7. Old Comment
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by brianL View Comment
    That's not procrastination, it's developing (no pun intended) a new interest.
    I meant that now I am paying more attention to photography as compared to my office work! So, previously I was procrastinating due to fear of not being competitive enough and now it is due to my interest in photography!

    I realize I have forgotten to even mention this in the above post.
    Posted 06-20-2011 at 09:16 AM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
  8. Old Comment
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Anisha Kaul View Comment
    Recently I received the comment, "Just water gushing out of a sewer. I consider it trying to make a silk purse out of a sows ear." for shooting a road side sewer . Well, what can I do if we don't have any Niagara falls in Gurgaon, to shoot?

    But the situation is a bit different now, I've developed a bit of self control. Those fora are not as addictive as LQ! Thank God!

    Don't worry about them. It's easy to criticise. I like photography as well (especially B&W). I used to have a website but updating it was too time consuming (it was before I learnt about the existence of Content Management Systems.)

    Is there any place I could see your photographs?

    As for the topic of procrastination, it used to be a huge problem for me but I have been working on it for the last year and it seems I'm doing quite well now. Reading about it has definitely helped. Once you understand the psychological mechanisms behind your actions / habits it's much easier to deal with them.

    Good luck with your new hobby
    regards
    Marcin
    Posted 08-07-2011 at 07:36 AM by sycamorex sycamorex is offline
  9. Old Comment
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Anisha Kaul View Comment
    Also I have noticed that as I am growing older, my interest in impressing men, is diminishing. I don't find myself bothering to dress up to kill. I hope that's normal.
    Getting wiser , my congratulations. Modesty in dressing is much less expensive yet gives a far better impression.
    Posted 08-25-2011 at 04:08 AM by kostya kostya is offline
  10. Old Comment
    This procrastination thing seems to have taken
    over me again. Haven't done anything solid
    for past 3 days. I open up the pdf and keep staring
    at it, with mind wandering around on things which
    are of least importance. As I type this right now,
    I feel like banging my head over the wall. Whatever
    I studied in 7 hours today, could have been done in
    about 1/2 an hour. Its like, you know that you are
    axing your own feet with your own hands, but still
    can't do anything about it.
    I wish someone would come here and give me a tight
    slap on the face so that my wits (if I have any) stay
    in place.
    Posted 09-01-2011 at 07:44 AM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
  11. Old Comment
    Well, I think I do realize that my problem of acute
    tiredness can be due to mental stress and lack of
    exercise too. After all, all I do is to sit in front
    of the computer in office for 9 hours, and then in the
    evening cook and eat food back in home, and the loop
    goes on.

    Three days back I decided to get "started" NOW.
    So now for past 3 days, I have been taking a morning
    walk (at a slow pace) for 10 minutes, and have also
    started doing Yoga (Vajrasana + Gyan mudra) for
    `10` minutes `two` times a day.

    And I am feeling the difference NOW.

    Why I am posting this here? Because I feel that
    I have developed a little control over my procrastination
    thing.
    Yesterday decided to quit the religion thread,
    realized winning arguments there isn’t worth my time.
    Today I didn't feel the urge "too much" to keep on
    peeping in the forums.
    I feel some kind of peace in my mind right now.
    Whether it is due to yoga combination or not, will get
    proved in next 10 days.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sycamorex View Comment
    Don't worry about them. It's easy to criticise.
    Well, previously I received warnings from the mods on
    the 1x .com for criticizing others pics harshly.
    even though they found my critiques to be like
    fresh wind.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sycamorex View Comment
    I like photography as well (especially B&W).
    Have you heard of 1x. com, it is worth visiting (IMO),
    and like LQ, it is not just any regular forum on
    the net.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sycamorex View Comment
    Is there any place I could see your photographs?
    TBH, I haven't yet taken a picture worth even talking about.
    But I am improving, anyway what can be achieved with a camera
    of 14 MP and yet producing a pic with a visible lack of details.
    Am thinking of purchasing a DSLR next year.
    and finally thanks for your compliments in the religion thread
    (assuming they were not a joke, but hoping they were ;-)).
    Posted 09-16-2011 at 07:02 AM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
    Updated 09-16-2011 at 07:08 AM by TheIndependentAquarius
  12. Old Comment
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Anisha Kaul View Comment
    Well, previously I received warnings from the mods on
    the 1x .com for criticizing others pics harshly.
    even though they found my critiques to be like
    fresh wind.


    Have you heard of 1x. com, it is worth visiting (IMO),
    and like LQ, it is not just any regular forum on
    the net.


    TBH, I haven't yet taken a picture worth even talking about.
    But I am improving, anyway what can be achieved with a camera
    of 14 MP and yet producing a pic with a visible lack of details.
    Am thinking of purchasing a DSLR next year.
    and finally thanks for your compliments in the religion thread
    (assuming they were not a joke, but hoping they were ;-)).
    I'm thinking of taking up yoga. Changed my job and it's too far to cycle to work now so I need something to keep me active.

    I haven't heard of the website you mentioned. I'll check it at home.
    I know that cameras are expensive, but you could see the difference in quality.
    Whenever we go somewhere with our friends (a park, etc.) and many people take photos, I can see a huge difference
    in quality between my nikon and their compact cameras when I compare the pictures.

    Of course, Anisha, my compliments were sincere. Why wouldn't they be?
    Posted 10-17-2011 at 10:40 AM by sycamorex sycamorex is offline
  13. Old Comment
    Which nikon camera do you have? Which lenses? I would like to compare.
    Do check 1x .com. ;-)

    and this is going off topic.
    Posted 10-18-2011 at 12:11 AM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
 

  



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