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Procrastinators, unite … tomorrow

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Hello, my name is Jessica and I’m a horrible procrastinator.

I am, in fact, currently procrastinating on a project that I managed to put off completely until the day it was due. Gulp. Enter: slight extension and a few Hail Marys. This is going to be an interesting weekend.

I’m 27 years old and work with deadlines non-stop, but apparently there’s nothing that I can’t put off. It’s frustrating to get caught in that cycle. It’s one of my worst professional-life faults.

Looking back, there are all kinds of deadlines I’ve missed, with varying levels of fallout.

My senior speech, which was my first and only college F, required me to go back and redo it to graduate. Thankfully I passed on the second try, after a lot of hard work.

Some stories at my paper in Florida caused a lot of needless office tension. To be fair, I look at my output those days and wonder how I managed to write so much (I do not miss the days of writing three stories in one day and then having to turn in a 1000+ word magazine article). Then I remember quality wasn’t as big of a priority as feeding the beast.

How do you all deal with deadlines? With fending off procrastination? Any pointers?

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Written by Jessica

September 19, 2014 at 9:32 am

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  1. I don’t fend off procrastination. I dance with it all day every day.
    But I do kind of treat myself like a little kid when I need/ want to get something accomplished. Those things like making very small goals and then giving myself a treat when I reach that goal. Eventually the big goal gets taken care of.
    Also, I don’t do this on purpose or anything, when I’m in the middle of actually tackling the thing that I’ve been putting off, I actually find myself thinking the words, “future Libby is really going to thank you for getting this done.” And for some reason, the feeling that I get when I remember that Future Me will benefit from whatever I’m doing, is an enormous motivator for me to do better. That’s how I get myself on my yoga mat every morning, anyhow.

    Libby

    September 22, 2014 at 10:14 am

  2. That is a good idea. I definitely need to think of Future Jessica more often.

    Jessica

    September 27, 2014 at 2:50 am


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