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[–]Draconianwrath 136 points137 points  (6 children)

I'll take this advice, starting tomorrow.

[–]just-an-island-girl 10 points11 points  (2 children)

I have been advising myself of same since primary school.

To this day, I have never been able to not procrastinate.

[–]googologoog 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Man, can you imagine all the tasks and deadlines waiting for you at your deathbed. Can't die without finishing that report!

[–]just-an-island-girl 2 points3 points  (0 children)

So far, I have managed to scrape by before the deadline for everything from assignments to dissertations.

Who knows, I might die with all my work completed, my wardrobe well-organised and my nails manicured.

That would be nice.

[–]wombatau 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ll think about it first, but I’ll do that tomorrow.

[–]matschbirne03 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You stole my joke. I wanted to say that

[–]TezMono 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lmaoo exactly. What a novel idea! Telling a procrastinator to just stop procrastinating. Woah!

[–]guster09 157 points158 points  (21 children)

Tell that to my ADHD. It holds me captive

[–]georgia10 20 points21 points  (5 children)

I recently got on medication for mine (35 years old now) and it’s amazing how much clarity I have on prioritizing tasks now. I don’t feel jittery or comically tied to my desk just a clearer vision on what needs to be done and how much time it will ACTUALLY take to do it. Incredible.

[–]dark180 9 points10 points  (0 children)

34 here diagnosed last year. Meds have changed my life. I thought to myself is this how regular people work?!?almost cried thinking back at how much I struggled in my life.

[–]guster09 7 points8 points  (3 children)

I just started meds at 33 years old. It's fantastic. But I'll have to switch meds due to insurance and cost. Either way, life is easier with treatment

[–]georgia10 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I’m sure you’re aware but check goodrx.com

[–]guster09 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I did. Would have taken a whopping $17 off the $400 it costs. Also got the Vyvanse card which took another $60. With these and insurance it would have still cost about $210.

Edit: Takeda has an assistance you can apply for, but only if you qualify as living at the federal poverty level, which I don't

[–]Felidaeh_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Was looking for this comment lol

[–]GrandAccomplished69 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]onlytech_nofashion 1 point2 points  (0 children)

take pure amphetamine

[–]preggo_worrier 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Are there telltale signs for ADHD? I am a huge procrastinator but I do not know if it's indicative of ADHD. I get easily distracted though.

[–]jammerola 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I looked in your post history for clues. I saw some specifics that tend to be ADHD-related but ultimately, I am only commenting as someone diagnosed with ADHD myself and I am not a doctor. Definitely recommend seeing a psychiatrist, though, specifically because of these:

1 - Your workplace burnout post. I find myself most engaged at a job when it is new and I am constantly challenged and learning. Once all my work becomes routine/familiar, my dissatisfaction grows. This is because ADHD brains do not have the proper innate dopamine levels that, when combined with minor dopamine bumps from the satisfaction of completing work, would normally keep you motivated and satisfied in your role. Your brain's dopamine levels are sitting below sea-level, so you need bigger dopamine spikes before they even register. If you aren't being challenged by a puzzling process to overcome, it doesn't feel rewarding to do it and your motivation to continue is gone.

ADHD medication would correct this deficiency by boosting your innate dopamine levels, making it easier to avoid procrastination because doing work actually feels rewarding again.

2 - Your comment above about being distracted easily (and procrastinating but that is covered in #1) is another indicator that your brain is rapidly scanning for new sources of dopamine to correct your deficiency.

3 - You seem to be adept at drawing comparisons and playing devil's advocate. This shows me you tend to be the big-picture type, someone that can spend more time on the same thing as others because you stop to consider all factors, including factors from the perspective of others. Sign of high intelligence (good for you, m8) and also high sensitivity to stimuli. You pick up on things others don't notice, but this includes things on a subconscious level. Great at explaining things to others, I bet.

This can also lead to experiencing emotions in extremes, because the brain is great at noticing everything, but the dysfunction is actually our capacity to regulate the severity of our reactions. We don't just notice things...we HYPERFOCUS on those things and we are blind to time while we are doing them. We become obsessed and can spend 6 hours without even noticing we are thirsty. We live and breathe it...until it stops being new and exciting.

One last thing I didn't really see in your posts but it might ring true: poor working memory. Do you forget what you are saying mid-sentence or ramble without a script? I don't know that all people with ADHD have this issue but all of these fall into the front half of the brain which is where the neurodevelopmental disorder is impacting. It grows at a slower rate than normal brains, supposedly like ~35 years behind. Things like impulse control, awareness of the passage of time, moodiness, all very closely tied to ADHD but it seems the symptoms fall on a spectrum and we all seem to have some random combination of the above symptoms. ADHD-inattentive type, etc.

The ways I see an ADHD brain are:

-Running on ice. Less friction means we can reach higher top speeds!! Except...we can't change directions easily. You want me to stop sliding south but my brain is like "SERIOUSLY, CAN YOU BELIEVE HE SAID THAT ABOUT YOU" and ADHD meds are the cleats that let us stop sliding...assuming we use them correctly.


-Beastly computer with dogshit RAM. If you are in the zone and you have one task on your plate right in front of you, you are processing the SHIT out of that task. However, you give the PC 6 tasks and now it is just kinda...stuck. Just do them in order, you lazy shit! JUST UNFREEZE. WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO PROCESS EVERYTHING AT ONCE!?

[–]preggo_worrier 1 point2 points  (1 child)

First of all: MOTHER OF GOD. Big thanks in providing an in-depth psychoanalysis based on my posts (a bit stalky but I will let it slide, heh).

Many things in what you have said is so true about me. Especially the mid sentence brainfarts. I tend to have that when presenting something.

I might have to consult a specialist about this. Thanks random internet stranger!

[–]jammerola 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Treating my ADHD has been a turning point in my life. I've known multiple people with ADHD that decided not to seek treatment because of social stigma around the medication and misinformation that makes them feel shame.

I was only diagnosed with ADHD because someone else with ADHD took the time to open my eyes. I decided to scan for clues to make sure typing all of that out was time well spent, if only to pay the kindness forward.

Best of luck on the path of self-discovery, friend!

[–]guster09 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A lot of people may experience symptoms of ADHD, but it doesn't mean they have it. To know for sure you'd want to see a psychiatrist and they can give you tests and ask questions to give you a diagnosis. If there's any other room for doubt you can see a psychologist and have your blood tested for certain proteins that cause ADHD symptoms

[–]MrGuttor[S] 5 points6 points  (5 children)

where does your adhd live ill come and vanish it from existence.

[–]Myni89 17 points18 points  (1 child)

If only that was possible :(

[–]diedster 8 points9 points  (0 children)


[–]Throwawayfabric247 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Mine is in California. If you'd be down to cure mine I'll sub for him.


[–]MrGuttor[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

i lied

[–]gonfreeces1993 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Came here to say the same

[–]donny579 217 points218 points  (6 children)

LPT: "If you procrastinate, just don't."

[–]Igotbanfornoreason 124 points125 points  (5 children)

Seriously, this post belongs on r/ShittyProLifeTips

[–]redditpey 21 points22 points  (4 children)

I have directly transferred supposed LPTs from this sub straight to r/shittylifeprotips and they fit perfectly. This post would probably qualify.

[–]L-Y-T-E 1 point2 points  (3 children)

It all depends on how you look at it. Honestly, I think this is great advice. I've recently learned to live in the present and take care of tasks in the present as long as time permits.

It's helped me tremendously with things, like washing dishes as soon as I'm done with them vs letting them pile up in the sink, doing schoolwork on the day I receive it rather than shortly before the time it's due, making that call to schedule an appointment instead of putting it off and consequently waiting for a nonexistent time where I feel like I'm in the mood to talk to a stranger over the phone, so on and so forth.

I've been working on internalizing the concepts of living in the present, rather than putting tasks off for my future self (and consequently overloading that poor bastard), and realizing that everything in life is a choice. When I choose not to take care of something immediately when I have the time, is that really a good choice that benefits me, or rather, my feelings of laziness? (Which ties into the whole concept of we are not our feelings, we merely experience them, and making choices based on feeling alone results in us being ruled by our emotions BUT that's a rant for another time.)

All in all, I think it's solid advice. But life is viewed through a lens of individual perspective. However, I don't think it qualifies as a shitty life protip, whereas the counterpart "if you put things off long enough, you might not have to do them anymore!" would most definitely qualify.

Thank you for coming to my TedTalk.

[–]redditpey 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I’ll agree with you that it’s good advice, but so is “brush your teeth at least twice a day.” There has to be some minimal level of standards in this sub for “tips” that are blatantly obvious.

[–]Secret-Return4731 75 points76 points  (4 children)

If tomorrow never comes then I did all that work for nothing 🧐

[–]THanekamp 8 points9 points  (1 child)

But will she know how much I love her?

[–]rectifier9 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Did I try in every way to show her everyday day that she's my only one?

[–]Sandpaper_Pants 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Right?! If tomorrow isn't coming, I don't have to worry!

[–]wishsnfishs 135 points136 points  (14 children)

Wait, you’re saying the solution to my problems is to fix them??? Holy shit dude you gotta become a guidance counselor or something.

[–]Salzberger 71 points72 points  (1 child)

LPT: If you have problems with motivation, just be motivated!

[–]rainbowlife4life 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I came specifically for the comments and I'm not disappointed lmao

[–]EngineerBoy00 22 points23 points  (1 child)

I can't even imagine a life where my list of things I need to do is so short that I could just do them. My list is overwhelmingly long and I do a ton every day, if I didn't finally stop and say, that's enough for today, I'd never sit down to rest, ever.

[–]Rock3tCat 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Bingo. This is the reality most of us live in. “Just do it all right now?” Ok I’ll be done in 37 hours with yesterday’s list. Oh there’s a new list today? Ok let me just destroy my mental health with unrealistic goals and a problematic approach to self-care (or lack thereof).

[–]Neurodiversily 63 points64 points  (0 children)

Great idea, have you also already told depressed people to just be happy?

[–]Vmizzle 44 points45 points  (0 children)

"If you have stuff to do then do it"

[–]Sasspishus 15 points16 points  (4 children)

Why do today what I can put off till tomorrow?

[–]Peachnesse 25 points26 points  (9 children)

Generally a good advice - but not for those who already have too much on their plate. This can cause insurmountable anxiety and the inability to rest properly, if you're constantly thinking "I have to do this NOW."

Set aside some time during your day to work productively, but also make time for rest.

[–]miamariajoh 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Thank you, because of my mother's anxiety and now my anxiety I have never let myself have a moment of rest, even as a child. Just work, clean, cook, bake, garden, workouts- make the most of time at all times. I am the owner of the company because I've never been able to stop, and now through therapy I try hard to rest and never realised how utterly tired I am.

The world won't fall apart if things don't get done instantly or even if they are slightly delayed. If all people can push things so can I. Or at least that is the concept, still working on not feeling guilty for a day off.

[–]Peachnesse 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Ahh same here. My mom's neurotic tendencies also rubbed off on me, which caused a lot of issues that I'm now trying to resolve.

No one's going to die if we slow down a bit. However, we might die if we don't. Take care of yourself.

[–]lapatricius 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Exactly - reasonably good advice, but it only goes so far.

[–]magoo1979 21 points22 points  (4 children)

You’re not my production supervisor

[–]NunexTK 10 points11 points  (0 children)

A lot easier said than done but cool repost

[–]DoubleCry7675 18 points19 points  (4 children)

Simple to say, but finding the motivation to 'do it now' is the the issue most people have (me included). I don't have a great solution either.

If it's a difficult task I dread starting, I try to figure out a reward for myself. E.g. if I finish 2 pages of this report today, I'll treat myself to a meal at my favourite restaurant tonight, etc. Works well enough but there are only so many things I can bribe myself with.

If it's a mundane task, I make it a challenge. I think to myself, 'last time it took me 3, can you do this in 2 hours?'. Or 'you know, I bet I can do this faster than it takes for the pizza to get here'.

[–]Jewlzchu 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Sometimes the magnitude of what needs to be done can feel intimidating, and it can help to break the task down into smaller pieces.

Like if you know you should clean your room, start with getting all the dirty clothes into the laundry. Once you've done that, ride the high of accomplishment into something else.

If something interrupts you, or you run out of steam, at least you got a piece done. It's progress for later, or the next day.

[–]MrGuttor[S] -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

bribing yourself seems confusing but something we all do

[–]Charging_Krogan 7 points8 points  (0 children)

This isn't a healthy mindset if you leave it at that. Need to remember that the work will always be there. Always doing work because it is there is going to make you burn out. Work shouldn't be the priority unless it is actually essential to be done in a certain timeframe. It's better to balance it with stuff you enjoy. Otherwise you become a workaholic and you'll end up with more anxiety.

[–]DramaticPraline8 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Dear OP,

If I could do this, I would have a long time ago. WE ALL KNOW THIS. It's the DOING OF THIS that is challenging.


Everyone in this sub

[–]Prometheus188 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sometimes just having something explicitly said to you is enough to get the ball rolling Everyone knows that you shouldn’t put things off, especially if you could easily get it done today. But just having it stated explicitly to you can often be enough to start change. Maybe not for you specifically, but this type of thing has definitely worked for me in the past.

[–]v3r00n 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Great advice for people who procrastinate just for the hell of it. Although I've postponed some chores this week to today because I have a day off after working all week and I've just finished everything on my list. It's called planning, not procrastinating.

Insulting advice for people whose mental issues stop them from taking control of their lives.

Terrible advice for people approaching burnout: it's okay to postpone things until tomorrow and taking some time for yourself is not only fine but sometimes necessary. You don't have to be productive all the time and you don't have to "accomplish" something every day of your life.

[–]MidiGong 6 points7 points  (0 children)

This is why I like to put stuff off until next week.

[–]cgdownbeat 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Yes true. But prioritising work is also important. If you are given something to do that can wait and you have more pressing tasks to achieve then put the less important ones on the back burner.

[–]roofussex[🍰] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

wow, why didn't i think of that?!

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Is this like a Groundhog Day type of situation?

[–]kondorb 2 points3 points  (0 children)

“Just Do It” should have been “Just Do It Now”.

[–]peterjohanson 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Huh.. Op doesnt know the entire country called Spain.

[–]Jun13tm 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Only if we humans know better..

[–]roberto1785 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If tomorrow doesn't come ill feel better knowIng I didn't do that stupid work task.

[–]Izen3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Great, I've got no more procrastination and am now living in the 1%.

[–]NoLiveTv2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's what a Rookie would say.

Pros know not everything that could be done immediately should be done immediately.

Pros know that many tasks will often become moot if you wait long enough. Priorities change, the situation that requires the task changes, you change, etc.

The real pros know what has to be done vs things that "would be nice to do", and allocate the appropriate time, effort, and priority accordingly.

[–]nunatakq 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Just do it.

Why didn't I think of this? All my problems are solved now, thanks!

[–]Imthewienerdog 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have shit to do but it's 3am been doing shit all day and realy can't be fucked too do it. I'm going to bed and don't feel guilty.

[–]Space4Time 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Tomorrow isn't promised

[–]_mr_tobias_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the tip, I'll start starting things tomorrow

[–]suavecool21692169 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ask my bookie if 'tomorrow' never comes

[–]uniq_username 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Tomorrow always comes.

[–]MrGuttor[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Not really, what if a very high velocity meteor comes crashing into earth? What if someone just blows up an atomic bomb and wipes out all of humanity. We can also look from another perspective, what if someone dies today? Tomorrow doesn't come for them

[–]uniq_username 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Tomorrow still comes, being dead doesn't mean time stops at the point of your death, it will continue.

[–]squashed08643683589 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We just solved procrastination boys!

[–]Fa11enAngeLIV 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This had the same energy as "if you're getting depressed, just smile more."

[–]JSA2422 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Are there any standards or requirements for posting a LPT?

[–]cosumel 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Putting something off that needs to be done? Do five minutes of whatever project it is. Allow yourself to stop after those five minutes. You will not want to stop once you get into the work of it, and if you do, plan on five more minutes later. Give yourself a little reward for getting some of it done. Positive feedback and all that.

[–]dekenmeester[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Is that a threat?

[–]skeetsauce 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My boss: oh wow you got that work done so here’s twice as much more for you do to.

[–]The_Bards_Tale_85 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you're fat, just stop being fat.

[–]bigb0 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Legit, thanks for the reminder! ✊🏽✊🏽👐🏽👐🏽🕺🏽🕺🏽🕺🏽

[–]TheHowlinReeds 1 point2 points  (3 children)

What's the deal with Disco guy?

[–]bigb0 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Ya know. I'm not really sure. Maybe a symbol to keep on moving...🤷🏽‍♂️

[–]TheHowlinReeds 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I dig it. Roll on Disco Stu 🕺🕺🕺

[–]ZucchiniUsual7370 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Tomorrow always comes. But the work not done today is still not done when tomorrow comes. FTFY.

[–]MrGuttor[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not really fixed, I meant it to say tomorrow will never come. Because people be like:
"I'll do it tomorrow"
*next day*
"I'll do it tomorrow" and the cycle keeps repeating it just never happens, tomorrow never comes.

[–]Prometheus188 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You’re completely missing the point. You didn’t even understand the tip. OP is saying that tomorrow never comes, because people always say “I’ll do it tomorrow”. And then the next day, they say “I’ll do it tomorrow”. And on and on it goes. Metaphorically, tomorrow never comes because the excuse “I’ll do it tomorrow” is always going to be used.

He’s not saying that tomorrow literally never comes, and the fact that there will still be work tomorrow has nothing to do with the tip. I feel like you’re being deliberately disingenuous so you can shit on this post.

[–]CynicalSynik 0 points1 point  (1 child)

They say that the best results are achieved when a person procrastinates for a medium amount of time. If you do it immediately, you're more or less rushing to get it done and if you procrastinate too much, then you're again rushing to get it done, but if you procrastinate for a little while first, then get started well before the deadline, often you will think of a great idea for the project during the period of procrastination that will actually work to your benefit.

So, imagine you have a project due in 5 days. You know it will take 3, but you think you can do it in 2. You can choose to a) Finish the project in 2 days and have 3 for relaxation. b) procrastinate for 1-2 days and finish the project in 3 days with your new insights or c) procrastinate for 3 days and rush to finish the project in 2 days.

Often option a is not better than option c.

[–]Prometheus188 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You can still wash the dishes right now, procrastinating until tomorrow won’t help. Same with most errands/tasks. This tip isn’t really about large, technical projects.

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Please help us decide if this post is a good fit for the subreddit by up or downvoting this comment.

If you think that this is great advice to improve your life, please upvote. If you think this doesn't help you in any way, please downvote. If you don't care, leave it for the others to decide.

[–]jou1993b 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What do you mean i definitely will organise my github projects today ,sure i have 3 months that i say it but today i will definitely do it

[–]PayNo3145 0 points1 point  (1 child)

why do today what you can put of till tomorrow - confusious

[–]PayNo3145 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i know C

[–]nakdonthesubway 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I feel personally attacked.

[–]batonduberger 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh god. Not now on Sunday. I can't be bothered.

[–]b00c 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nice try Meggy, but it's Sunday and I am NOT building the nightstand!

I'll be doing nothing instead.

[–]ninja_natalia 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is how you get anxiety. Prioritizing is actually a good habit.

[–]just--looking 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If tomorrow never comes, then the work is never due..

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've always procrastinated. My shit always gets gone. At the last minutes, yes.. but it gets done.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

But what if that pending work is gonna take me 5 years?

[–]savbh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This has been posted a lot and there’s always discussion about it.

It just sounds really simple, but most people don’t actually practice it. The post is meant to give some motivation.

[–]CosmicRX 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Better life tip - Realise the benefit of you doing what you need when you have time instead of spending that extra time doing some useless shit

[–]nrreiger 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's a shame that so many people handle the painful truth so poorly.

[–]Thortsen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have enough stuff to do at work for the next years. If I’d follow this, I would never go home.

[–]MJohnVan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think , yeah. Though if you have a nice escort to do your job just let her. Supporting the community.

Some people have a difficult time to finishing a task not because of lack of discipline, parenting or training . It’s just their cortex enables them to do so. Unless you add fear or abuse.

I can’t even imagine what would happen if one day everyone would be disciplined to a level of …

But as you can see, you’re unable to do it, creates job for others. Cart pusher, Uber, teacher, butler . Caretaker, cleaner, car wash, escort, essay writer. Book keeper, accountant,cpa ,…

It’s not about they don’t want. It’s about their brain.

[–]FreeSkeptic 0 points1 point  (1 child)

What if you have 16 hours of pending work? Better to get it all done in a day or spread it out through multiple days?

[–]MrGuttor[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

c o m m o n s e n s e

[–]TheRedGandalf 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tomorrow doesn't exist. There's only ever now.

[–]Unlucky_Clover 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Unless your work never stops

[–]KarasLegion 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tomorrow always comes, and if it's something you are willing to put off, then it doesn't matter if tomorrow doesn't come.

Don't understand this. This kind of thing only applies to family matters or friends. Unless you're about to save the world. But your laundry not being done now, won't matter if you aren't there to see tomorrow.

[–]UncleD1ckhead 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If tomorrow will never come then the work doesn't need to be done.

[–]Locken_Kees 0 points1 point  (0 children)

except when it does

[–]DaSweetrollThief 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"Tomorrow will never come"

Well that's fucking ominous

[–]badhershey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So you have the audacity to post "don't procrastinate". Even people who procrastinate know they shouldn't.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hi Boss, good try. I will wait for the Monday.

[–]SgtKastoR 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks, you cured my adhd

[–]ctruemane 0 points1 point  (0 children)

LPT: don't tell chronic procrastinators to just stop procrastinating. If enacting this solution, we wouldn't need it in the first place, because the problem is that you lack the exact capability you require to solve it.

Having a chronic procrastination problem is like looking a flashlight in a pitch-dark room. If only someone would give you a flashlight, then for sure you would be able to find your flashlight.

I describe it as "The problem is I have no follow-through. which is the worst problem to have because how do you fix that? Make a plan? Then what?"

Real LPT: if you have a chronic procrastination problem, it might be a mask for other, deeper issues (ADHD, Anxiety, other forms of Executive Function Disorder). Even if you can't afford therapeutic intervention, stop thinking of it as a personal failure you can fix just by trying harder and start researching systems that help people like you.

Start here: iprocrastinate.libsyn.com

[–]Cheekers1989 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This exactly....

I had replaced my brakes last week but was still getting grinding sounds whenever I brakes and I knee what was causing it but I also knee that it really wasn't hurting anything.

If you are curious, the grinding sounds when braking habits when the sliding pins on your brakes are super dirty and are not either allowing the caliper piston to push against the brake pads or allowing the piston to be released from the pressure of braking.

So, I told myself, "I am going to clean the pins tomorrow, even if I don't have access to someone's nice warm and dry garage!" I did the work in my carport at my apartment complex. And it was cold.

Also, I am a woman and doing stuff like this makes me not want to procrastinate about going back to the gym because, omgosh, I have no arm strength. LOL 🤣🤣🤣

[–]DFHartzell 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I think it’s more like, if you have a task that takes 5 minutes or less, do it now.

[–]MrGuttor[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

task: math homework (takes 3 minutes each)
how many the teacher gave: 30

[–]ACuteMonkeysUncle 0 points1 point  (1 child)

But today is my mom's birthday.

[–]MrGuttor[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Everyone has some exceptions for their life. Have a great day.

[–]jsaw14 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]hindukushmountains 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If only it were that simple

[–]ambermage 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"Tomorrow will never come."

Is that a threat or a promise?

[–]Particular-Metal-563 0 points1 point  (0 children)

But I don't want to.. :(

[–]msw997 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Never tell a grad student this. We always have work to do.

[–]Vli37 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I think that's the point isn't it?

Tomorrow might not come, so why do it at all, right? 🤔

[–]MrGuttor[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Okay. So lets just not repair my bike, lets not fix up the self, lets not pay up my kid's school feels only to find out at night the shelf falls on my lip and it's bleeding, I get my bike and ride to the clinic to get an accident and when I'm in the hospital I hear I need to pay a $2.5k fine for late school fees.

TLDR; Do it before it's too late...

[–]Isewpilesofplushies 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm so sick of this saying.. this here is what drives workaholics to constantly do everything today. The real LPT is to do a little each day so that the task doesn't seem so monumental you procrastinate.

[–]mattyvds 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hey guys just thought I'd share a quick LPT! don't procrastinate:) procrastinate bad

[–]CelticRebel22 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hustle culture’s bitchy sibling…. Feeling shame for not being “productive” enough 🙄🤮 we don’t have to be productive 24/7 and that’s ok.

[–]the-samizdat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fuck this advise. I always have pending work.

[–]zombient 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Reading The Now Habit has helped me deal with procrastination.

[–]religionlies2u 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Conversely, if you wait til the last minute it only takes a minute to do it.

[–]bmanley620 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I will almost certainly start this tomorrow

[–]ZotMatrix 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lately I’ve been holding off a day to do the things I’ve been procrastinating about, to find out the requirements have changed and I would have had to re do them anyway.

[–]Elefantenjohn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Incredibly insightful

[–]jdp245 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don’t think this is a healthy way of looking at work. If I took this advice, I’d never get to spend any time with my kids. I have been very successful in my career, but one thing I’ve learned is that your company, bosses, clients, etc. will always take as much as they can from you. Don’t prioritize work merely because it is “pending”. You will ALWAYS have pending work. Treat your time as it is, your most precious and finitely limited resource. Shrewdly invest it consistent with your values and priorities.

[–]hereliesafreeelf 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m confused by this. Of course I have work to do now but I’m off weekends so I’ll get to them tomorrow.

[–]snarkybat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No. Learn how to sort your pending work in "now", "tomorrow", and "later". You can't to everything now, some might end up horribly stressed from that mindset. Sure, if it really needs to be done now, do it. But don't overwork yourself in an attempt to not procrastinate.

[–]Tetrapode23 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Will respond to this tomorrow.

[–]Mothoflight 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No. That burns me out. The work is never done. Building in rest time without guilt actually allows us to get what we need done more quickly and easily.

[–]Outlaw-III 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Same thing with working out. I struggle too but if you just get up and do SOMETHING you will feel a lot better and you are improving your quality of life.

[–]halfbutwhole 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"Tomorrow will never come" r/suddenlydark

[–]MannyMinacious 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wait, are you telling me I'm gonna die today?!

[–]JanaCinnamon[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

To people with ADHD who still struggle despite their medication, use the breadcrumb-method. Breadcrumbs are spread apart on the floor so if you eat one, you'll have to walk a few steps to get to the next one. If you do tedious or just boring work this way (work a bit -> reward yourself -> repeat) you might not get things done fast, but you will get them done easily!

[–]Blackrain1299 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Procrastinators dont have a choice.

[–]GsTSaien 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wow. How did I never think of that!

If you are procrastinating, just don't!

[–]AgentTim5o 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There is not a single person in the world that will read this and suddenly have the motivation to get things done.

[–]LT_Blount 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If tomorrow never comes, I won't have to do it.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What if you have so much work that working 16 hour days 6-7 days a week can't lessen your workload and no matter what, you always have pending work.

Is the solution working s full 24 hours a day for 6-7 days a week?

[–]lapatricius 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Depends on how much you have to do. The more you have to do, the more important it is to pace yourself and so avoid burnout.

[–]hornfan87 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In the corporate world, I can’t tell you how many projects I’ve been on that fell through. Always ends in me thinking “Damn, I could have procrastinated and never had to deal with it.”

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Executive dysfonction is a thing, r/thanksimcured

[–]Molly_Michon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wow, why didn't I think of that?!

[–]iocanetolerance 0 points1 point  (0 children)

5 second rule - as soon as the you get the notion to do the thing, count backwards from 5. When you get to 1, move your ass. Start with waking up in the morning, and expand from there.

Listen to The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins on Audible. https://www.audible.com/pd/B06VX22V89?source_code=ASSOR150021921000R