So, you're a procrastinator. Don't worry. Everyone puts something off at one point or another, be it finishing that project, an unpleasant confrontation, or changing their oil. Like any bad habit, a good place to start is understanding why you do it, and equipping yourself with the tools to kill it. Here are some common procrastination pitfalls and ways to avoid them. 1."It's gotta be just right."
You might think that your perfectionism is a good thing. You're mistaking perfectionism with high standards. Imagining something the best it could possibly be is an absolute waste of time if you a) can't execute it in a timely manner or b) can't apply your standards consistently or c) are being impractical. Complete and utter perfection doesn't exist, but you know what does? Good, hard, efficient work. Set a reasonable goal and meet it.
2. "I'm just waiting until I can dedicate myself completely..."
The problem with an all-or-nothing attitude is twofold. First of all, it's paralyzing. You do so much when you're on that you burn yourself out. You're okay with that, though, because you treat yourself with a ridiculous amount of breaks in between. But so much of that free time is punctured by guilt. It's a lose-lose.
The second issue with this mindset is that it's fueled by denial. Do you really think the only way you're going to make that deadline is if you squeeze it all in the night before? You know it won't be your best work. And you know you're just trying to justify the next five episodes of Louie.
Break your work up into short, manageable increments. Keep it simple.
3. "I just hate doing thing x."
Okay. This is probably the worst of them all. You're just being a big, giant man-or-woman-child. Stop focusing on the unpleasantness, and set yourself an award system (definitely consider chocolate). This one is really sheer discipline. Write lists. Set timers. Do what you need to do, just do it already.
4. "I'm stuck in a rut."
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Of course, Hemingway says all this better: “The shortest answer is doing the thing.”