I am suffering from a major case of debilitating procrastination. The other day, I read in someone's AIM profile that they have the very same problem of not being able to write papers earlier than the night before...I couldn't believe that someone else shares my affliction!
Seriously, for the last four years or so, I have written 98% of all major papers the night before they were due. And I'm continuing to struggle with this problem. The thing is that I am being positively reinforced to continue this bad habit b/c I still get good grades on them. I told someone about this the other day, and he said, "So what's the problem?" The problem is that the process of writing is just complete agony, and I end up berating myself over and over again, "This is hell! I am never going to do this again!" And what happens? Here I am writing a blog entry (well...it's been like three weeks since I posted! oh the excuses) when I have a midterm paper due tomorrow. Sigh. I've even attemped to unplug the ethernet cable from my laptop about 23 times today to prevent myself from going online and obsessively playing around on Friendster. Ahh, I need help!!!
With all the things going on in my life (part time job, school, research, attempting to be social every now and then), I feel like I'm going to have to snap out of this procrastination cycle or DIE!!! The fact that I have time management issues now makes me feel like I'll never survive in a doctoral program. Ugh, I feel so screwed! Do you have any suggestions? If there's a procrastination pill out there (who me, rely on a panacea?), please let me know!
p.s. I'm sorry for the totally self-absorbed nature of this post. I promise not to do it again (for a while anyway). More intellectual matter will follow.