This is awesome: Why Procrastinators Procrastinate
I think it’s true for many procrastinators. Though I found it didn’t entirely reflect my procrastination experiences, because hey, we’re all different and what not. That said, I don’t think my experiences are particularly unique.
I procrastinate. Sometimes for hours, sometimes days. In college and grad school, weeks. Feedback on my work in college included such gems as:
“The paper is still warm from the printer.”
“I would not have guessed you had written this in forty-five minutes.”
“Great Job! 100%”
It was the 100% assignments that kept me afloat throughout school. And reinforced the procrastination to a degree.
Overall, procrastination was a means of avoiding work. Very aversive work.
It didn’t seem to make a difference whether or not I started assignments the day assigned or the night before they were due – my thoughts were still a distorted train wreck. So I put things off – I wasn’t exactly going to rush into self-deprecation and misery.
Things improved when I was no longer in college, when what is now considered important is incredibly different than what was. Things also improved when I figured out how to work without the thought train wreck – I learned to change my thinking.