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  • Writer's pictureJerry Justice

Confessions of a Serial Procrastinator: How I Mastered the Art of Doing Everything Except What I'm Supposed to Do


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Hello, my name is Jerry, and I'm a serial procrastinator. Yes, you heard that right. While some people excel in organizing their lives down to the minute, my talent lies in mastering the art of doing absolutely everything except what I'm actually supposed to be doing.


The Art of Avoidance

It all starts with the best of intentions. I sit down at my desk, coffee in hand, ready to conquer the world—one email at a time. But then, a thought pops into my head, "Have I made my Starbucks run yet today?" Before I know it, I'm two hours deep into a conversation with a new friend over coffee and my email remains untouched. The allure of random discussions is just one of the tools in my procrastination arsenal.


The List Maker

One of my favorite procrastination techniques is making lists. Oh, the lists! Shopping lists, to-do lists, lists of movies I'll never watch. You name it, I’ve listed it. There’s something wonderfully productive about organizing your tasks into neat bullet points that gives the illusion of control and accomplishment. Ironically, these lists often include items like “start being more productive.”


The Deep Diver

Then there's the deep dive into hobbies. Last month, it was learning to cook a new dish. This month? Searching for seashells at the beach. Next month, who knows? Maybe I'll plan a distant trip or become an amateur astronomer. The point is, if there's a way to distract myself with a new and complex hobby, I will find it.


Turning the Tide

However, living in a constant cycle of procrastination isn't as glamorous as it sounds. Deadlines loom larger, stress builds and the guilt of unfinished tasks weighs heavily. So, how did I begin to turn the tide against my procrastination habits?


Step 1: Acknowledgment

First, I had to admit that my procrastination was a problem. It wasn’t easy, but acknowledging the issue is half the battle.


Step 2: Understanding Triggers

Next, I took time to understand what triggers my procrastination. Is it anxiety about the task itself? Is it boredom? Understanding these triggers helped me address them more directly.


Step 3: Structured Breaks

I implemented the Pomodoro Technique—25 minutes of focused work followed by a 5-minute break. These structured breaks helped me manage my time without falling into an Instagram spiral.


Step 4: Accountability

I started sharing my goals with friends and colleagues, making myself accountable to someone other than just me. Knowing that someone else is expecting results can be a powerful motivator.


Step 5: Reward System

Finally, I established a reward system. For every task completed on time, I would treat myself—maybe one morning at Starbucks, but only one!


Conclusion

Procrastination is an art, and I was an unwitting master. But by recognizing the problem and taking proactive steps to manage it, I’ve started to take back control. I may never be the paragon of productivity, but at least now, I can enjoy my distractions a bit more guilt-free.


Are you a fellow procrastinator? How do you manage your time? Share your stories and tips in the comments below!


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