Interestingly, research suggests that one of the most effective things that procrastinators can do is to forgive themselves for procrastinating…
This works because procrastination is linked to negative feelings, the researchers say. Forgiving yourself can reduce the guilt you feel about procrastinating, which is one of the main triggers for procrastinating in the first place.
But the best thing that Pychyl recommends is to recognize that you don’t have to be in the mood to do a certain task — just ignore how you feel and get started.
– From The Real Reason You Procrastinate, by Ana Swanson
I am a horrible procrastinator, so this article, and the accompanying TED talk was of particular interest. And it’s not entirely irrational, either. I live in constant fear of wasting my life. Wasting my meager talents. I try to stay positive, but the idea of wasting my life – is terrifying.
Here is a link to a TED talk on procrastination. Very interesting, but short on solutions, alas.