When I was young, I really had a hard time concentrating. With impending deadlines, I would postpone longer and longer until I had to perform in what I like to call “last minute panic”. I always seemed to get the job done, but at quite a large cost. It was a battle. Once I got to college, I attempted the same procrastination that I was accustomed to. I failed. Miserably, did I ever fail. I quickly learned that if I were to succeed, I would have to change my ways and get organized or face living in my parents’ basement for the rest of my life.
Through trial and error, I found a regimen that worked for me. Basically, I found that finishing projects and work early paid HUGE dividends. Not only was I able to avoid the horrible feeling of the last minute panic, I found that I could use the extra time towards the end of a project to fine-tune whatever I was working on and end up with a stellar project.
The battle has not completely been won, however. I still battle procrastination thoughts in my head. I guess it is just part of my DNA. Luckily, my hunger to over-deliver quenches my need to put things off.
Just don’t expect me to take out the trash the first time you ask. For things that I don’t like doing, I still hold true to my procrastination roots.
Do you have procrastination under control? How do you deal with it?