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    • I'm as bad a procrastinator as it gets. I have accepted that quite a long time ago, along with other truisms along the lines of "I'm not perfect and that's okay", "It's ok to sometimes f*ck up", etc and so on. For me, the trick is a) to determine if I'm really procrastinating or I just need a bit of some real downtime (and why, in either case). If it's the latter, then just get that downtime. Go nurse an espresso somewhere, or take a day off, or whatever it takes, depending on the why. If it's the former, work around it. I've gotten pretty good at "structured procrastination", the thing where you don't want to write that document so much that you go clean filters in every appliance in the house, and then you so opposed to the idea of doing dishes, that you take all the recycling out to respective bins, and then you so much against doing a grocery run that you quickly cook this day's dinner a la Jamie Oliver, and then you, again, so much appalled at the idea of doing dishes that you go sit and write that damn document.... you get the picture :)

      The crucial balance, for me, is between not letting it get to you, and not letting it take over too much.

    • I think it is all about motivation. No matter how hard or easy a task would be, what is important is what gets us in the state of mind to be willing to act on it. It may be pleasure or survival dictating action. But what about choices when no pressure exists? For example, gearing up and heading out to ride a motorcycle, out there in the elements, vs. sitting in front of a keyboard 'socializing'.. or reading a book, which do you choose, when and why? What if we're motivated incorrectly? I found this intriguing..

    • WOW! I sure didn't think it had anything to do with emotions. I'm a procrastinator however I wasn't always this way. Yes, procrastination does create stress for me. Procrastination in some cases has created a lot more work for me as well as allowing thing to become overwhelming.

      In the last month I have been working on this and the information you provided came at a perfect time.

      Thank you.