For the Crisis-Maker Procrastinators, they love to say; I work great under pressure. Or I am only motivated under pressure, or I do my best work when I am under the gun.
I used to think like that. But once I stopped doing that, life got more comfortable. I was not writing the term paper the night before anymore. I broke the tasks up into chunks-doable chunks.
In college, I wanted the paper to be perfect; thus, I did not start writing until the night before, so I could get everything else (in my life-other school work, the laundry, whatever else in my head) and devote one day/night to a whole semester. So silly on my part. Why would I think writing it in one night would be a good thing?
I think it could have been the adrenaline rush. It was calming the chaos. You only live once. We needed a crisis to do the task. But in fact, most of us do not want to write the term paper in the first place. And is we get an "A" on that paper, it fuels our belief doing in one day is a better idea then working an entire semester on it. Procrastination is a tool that helps them to achieve these dramatic goals. That familiar rush adrenaline.
We all suffer from time-wasting tendencies in my world that is watching too much television. Not sure why there is nothing on tv nowadays. I like older tv programs, the reality-tv is ridiculous, and I end up screaming at the tv. I try to watch things that are fun and silly. We have enough stress in our lives. We are trying to relax, but the choices of programs currently available are not relaxing at all.
I guess what I learned in this chapter is going the visualization exercise is critical. It may trigger some of the thought you have on why do I need this project anyway? Can it be done more exciting way? Check this out on page 187.
The Defier Procrastinators can be passive-aggressive. They say and do things we want to hear. But they don’t do what they say. “I could do it, but why should I? They do not understand the importance of doing the task. They blame everyone else for not completing the task. I can honestly say I am not a defier. But I have known a few.