So it’s a week of confessions about personality traits that begin with the letter “p.”
We’ve already covered my efforts to overcome my perfectionist tendencies. Next up: How in the world can I kick the procrastination habit?
I don’t know many journalists who aren’t also procrastinators, and when you add in the perfectionist bent…well, you end up with the combination fear of failure + adrenaline rush of working against a deadline, and you get me. More to the point, throw in the Internet as the world’s best/worst procrastination tool–and one that I need almost constantly for work–and you really get me.
I’d like to say that I have given as much thought and effort to curbing my procrastination as I have getting past my perfectionist hangups. But shocker! I haven’t, because I probably found something more interesting to do, like watch a Top Chef marathon or read old Alan Sepinwall blog posts about Friday Night Lights and the Wire. (If you haven’t found Alan Sepinwall and aren’t trying to break a procrastination addiction, go here. You’ll thank me.)
So…tell me. Are there any recovering procrastinators out there? How do you keep yourself motivated? How do you get yourself to do less-than-interesting tasks, and with time to spare? Have you had any luck stepping away from the web/Facebook/e-mail?
(Full disclosure: I checked both FB and e-mail, and watched part of a Top Chef episode, while writing this post. And I really, really like writing this blog, and have had this topic in mind for days!)