Doctor, doctor, doctor. Love your initial strategy. But as a professional procrastinator I know that those who are procrastination officionados like me, need more. Okay the write it down, strategy. What does one write down and how do I hold myself accountable and how do I find folks who love me and don't make me feel guilty if I fall short and thus I just spend time avoiding them rather than eating better. I end up peeking out my window eating a bag of doritos and chocolate chips cookies waiting on them to stop ringing my doorbell. SOOOOO how about if, we do something like instead of drinking soda, we substitute it with another beverage like apple joice, V8Splash or gatorade. Instead of LaysBBQ get the baked lays, wheat thins and triscuits. Instead of icecream, freeze some grapes to snack on (that helps those of us who are habitual freezer openers, we won't be satisfied til we actually get something out to put in our mouths) Learn how to make milkshakes from yogurt, ice and fresh fruit--bananas, strawberries, honey, blue berries. See what I mean? You have to offer a substitute and measurable doing in order to master an un-doing.
To just tell me to get a tutor now today, is not enough. My recommendation is to: step one. Go to the professor and ask for help from the professor. That's one bite of the mountain and something measurable. "Went and talked to my professor". step two have a "to do/ask" list for the professor. Write down where you are weak in the class or what you don't understand. step three Write down also to ask the professor for 3 possible names of tutors. step four Also write down that you want to meet with the professor once every 2 weeks, don't leave til you set your next appointment.
Doctor this is how you help a professional procrastinator. It's all in detailing everything. Without a detailed check list I can pine away a whole week and be dumber and fatter than I was a week ago. Am I making any sense? Just trying to help. Was gonna procrastinate--wait and respond to this later, but told myself---okay, just jot down 3 sentences, and look how my strategy worked. Kisses from Kentucky, Mama Haiti aka Yolantha Harrison-Pace
Uh-oh, sounds like a Good Morning America, Dr. Phil,CNN and WACPTV lifechanger and money maker program to me. How to escape from being a mental prisonor in the wilderness of PROCRAST-A-NATION to becoming a citizen in the promised land of LIBERATION NATION.
Remember the saying, "don't put off for tomorrow what you can do for today"? I have found out that personally I can put off the BIG TASKS like losing 50 pounds to tomorrow. But today I could pour out 2 of the 3 litres of Pepsi in the toilet. Or if I'm trying to wean myself off of caffiene, I could switch my 6 pack of Mountain Dew for a 6 pack of Orange Crush. Perhaps the Doctor and I need our very own WACPTY Procrastination Corner. Or Doctor you could call it WACPTv, "The Doctor's Orders" (smile--just looking at the seeds and considering the HARVEST)
I think procrastination is not just about laziness as the old folks would say, it's also about being overwhelmed by the elephant or the mountain as the case may be. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. But..but...but where do I take that first bite? Do I use a knife and a fork? Do I use my teeth? If I bite it on the tail will I affect the elephant differently than if I bite it on the tusk or the trunk or it's belly? That can be so overwhelming, decisions, decisions, decisions. Some would say JUST BITE. But a procrastinator will spend weeks just trying to figure out the most strategic place to take that first bite while TAKING A NAP!!! This is where the Dr's suggestion of having a mentor come in---but not just any mentor---like I got friends who would ask me WHATCHA WANT TO EAT AN ELEPHANT FOR WHEN I GOT SOME SHRIMP GUMBO SIMMERING ON THE STOVE. I need a mentor that will say. Here, I'll hold the elephant down while YOU BITE!!!