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Decide to change: I believe that people change when they make a decision to change. I would not count on aging to correct problems with procrastination. The good news is that anyone can make the decision and then put in the effort to have a more productive life. Take care. ...Read more
Stop procrastinating: Sounds like you know what your issue is...Not your age but your procrastination. (sounds like those around you recognize it as well.). ...Read more
I will be happy...:
....To answer this question as soon as I get around to it.
Just kidding. But waiting for the answer to this question is procrastination, too. Just get up and go do what you need to do. ...Read more
Add meds are supposed to help you choose what you want to focus on, then allow you to do that.
Sometimes they reduce procrastination by allowing a person to keep focused enough to get through their tasks without being off-task so much.
However, add meds don't make boring things less boring, or make it any easier to do tasks that are challenging for you for reasons other than inattention. ...Read more
Anything you do consistently can become a habit. So you can be procrastinating as a habit. I would not use the word addiction. I like this quote "“your beliefs become your thoughts,
your thoughts become your words,
your words become your actions,
your actions become your habits,
your habits become your values,
your values become your destiny.”
― mahatma gandhi. ...Read more
ADD: Yes, if it is a symptom of add! ...Read more
Hard to train: Yourself to stop. Unfortunately some of thrive on doing things last minute. Work deadlines school work etc. Try to organize your time and work at things a little each day. Slowly work into good habits It will take time and effort. But well worth it in the long run. ...Read more
Perfectionism: Can be associated w/procrastination. If we can't do things good enough then we wait until the last minute and use it as an excuse. Work at accepting yourself and this imperfect world and doing what you can. A sage once said "Perfection consists in working against your imperfection." That's all it takes. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Can anxiety be the cause of ongoing procrastination (ie tasks you dread doing like paying bills so you avoid them)?
Procrastination: It can be related to performance anxiety, low sense of self-worth, self-defeating mentality, lacking self-confidence, irrational beliefs (perfectionism), or disliking the task at hand (boredom & apathy). Also, if the pre-frontal cortex of the brain is involved, as in attention deficit disorders, u can get procrastination & impulsivity. ...Read more
When I nag my son to do something he says ok then stalls then just doesn't do it. Is that procrastination or passive aggressive?
Naging your son: I don't know how old your son is, but nagging can bring that type of responce. It is not procrastination or passive aggressive. This is his way of saying he does not like to be nagged. Try a different way to make him responsible and assign him the task and see if it works. ...Read more
1 step at a time:
First, what's causing it? That can be difficult to answer. Conditions like depression and anxiety can impact motivation and the ability to get things done. Procrastination can also be caused by psychological conflicts and personality characteristics. While there is no "quick fix" here are some tips.
1. Make a list
2. Start small
3. Do something today that will help you tomorrow
4. Keep doing #3 ...Read more
be screened: If high risk. Then listen to your doctor's recommendations. ...Read more
Insomnia: Start preparing for bed about an hour before your desired bedtime. Keep the lights low/soft, take a warm/hot bath, do a relaxing activity in a comfortable chair such as reading or music, avoid bright lights and electronic screens, avoid daytime naps, and avoid caffeine after noon. Do not lie in bed and wait to sleep. If the problem persists, see a sleep disorders specialist for more evaluation. ...Read more
Aren't add meds supposed to treat the symptoms of add, one of which is procrastinating constantly?
Yes & no: A good analogy is what happens with a car speeding down the road. Treatment can allow the car to be slowed to make a turn, but doesn't change the decision making process to turn. You don't change inherent behavior problems with treatment, but it may allow other therapies (talk, behavior mod) to have a better effect. ...Read more
Psychological conditions that a lot of doctors might be suffering from in times of crisis (economy, general day to day, overwhelmed, procrastination)?
Physician stress: You're correct that many physicians are stressed these days. One recent study showed that 45.8% of physicians showed at least 1 symptom of burnout -- highest rates being in family medicine, primary care internal medicine, and emergency medicine. Http://tinyurl. Com/k4zjlhh having treated hundreds of my colleagues, I feel that additional methods such as mindfulness training can be lifesaving. ...Read more
That is not: A recognized illness. Certainly procrastination can be part of a number of other problems, but by itself, procrastination is not an illness. ...Read more
PLEASE STOP: Please stop asking us these definition questions. Asking doctors to provide definitions for trivial things is an inappropriate use of this resource. Will you please discontinue this activity? ...Read more
Put it off:
I will get back to you.
Someone who routinely puts off initiating and completing important tasks could be said to be addicted of sorts to that behavior. It can be caused by numerous emotional problems - depression, add, avoidant personality traits/disorder, perfectionism, or even interpersonal agendas. Well-intended family members may take on an overresponsible role in rescuing/chronically remind. ...Read more
Not an Addiction: Although it can certainly have negative consequences, there is no evidence that procrastination falls into the category of behavioral addictions. I would address procrastination by breaking tasks up into smaller segments & working on them. I would also schedule in some short breaks so it's not all drudgery. ...Read more
I have a heavy addiction to procrastination. Is that possible? How can I stop from procrastinating all the time?
"passed" the t.O.V.A. Test with "flying colors, " but still have symptoms of add (e.G., running late, losing things, procrastinating, etc.) any ideas?
Still can be ADHD:
Testing is helpful in identifying symptoms and as a guide but is not definitive.
Adhd is a clinical diagnosis and can exist even despite 'normal' tests.
I suggest an evaluation by a psychiatrist who specializes in this area. ...Read more
No: Procrastinating is a behavior. It may be a personality trait, but it is not a builty-in problem with the way the brain processes informatoin, which is the definition of an ld. Procrastination certainly may be one way individuals react to ld--we tend to put off that which we know is going to be difficult. ...Read more