CodyLoco's Random Rants… A little bit of everything…

1Jun/090

“Procrastination is like masturbation. At first it feels good, but in the end you’re only screwing yourself.”

I have a problem.  I am a self-diagnosed chronic procrastinator...

Up until I actually bothered looking it up (I had been putting it off), I was under the impression that "procrastination" was simply the act of saying "I'll do it <insert relative time in future here>."  However, according to Wikipedia and several other sites, chronic procrastination is actually a form of psychological disorder that can be caused by several things, among them severe perfectionism (like myself).  It is the act of doing other, much less important things, in order to avoid doing what should be an immediate priority on your todo list. Procrastination can also be a sign of a more severe underlying condition, such as depression or ADHD.

Here's an obvious symptom, quoted from Wikipedia:

People who exhibit procrastination and decreased impulse control appear to be prone to internet addiction.

The hardest part about a serious procrastination issue is being able to recognize the flags that you are procrastinating.  If you find yourself always getting sidetracked, that's an obvious sign.  This video I found on YouTube sums up a chronic procrastinator's day perfectly:

If you want to try a supposed solution to procrastinating, check out John Perry's "Structured Procrastination" method, and read up on what causes and types of procrastinators exist in this Wikipedia article.

Oh, and by the way, yes, I write to this blog as a form of procrastination, like right now!