[ENFP] Is procrastination okay?

Is procrastination okay?

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This is a discussion on Is procrastination okay? within the ENFP Forum - The Inspirers forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; I always, ALWAYS procrastinate. ALWAYS. I'm doing it right now, and I'll probably be doing it tomorrow. Now, I have ...

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    INTP - The Thinkers

    Is procrastination okay?

    I always, ALWAYS procrastinate. ALWAYS. I'm doing it right now, and I'll probably be doing it tomorrow. Now, I have a hard time accepting that fact and feeling good about myself. I think, "You're never going to make it in college if you keep this up."

    Actually, that is exactly what my ISTJ mom keeps telling me...

    BUT...I'm tired of being down on myself. So, from now on, I am going to accept myself for who I am, procrastination and all. Just because I do it, that doesn't mean I am a bad person...I mean, I get things done eventually, so why try to be something that isn't true to my nature? As long as I'm not inconveniencing anyone, shouldn't it be perfectly fine?



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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I procrastinate constantly too, so much that I forget what it is that I'm procrastinating about. It's not a terrible thing to do, most people do it to a greater or lesser extent, but it upsets the SJs more because they are programmed to get all their work finished before they play, so if they procrastinate their work they can't get round to playing/relaxing. We, on the other hand, play before we work, so when we procrastinate it doesn't matter so much - at worst it is mindless distraction, at best we find lots of fun and interesting things to do and still eventually get whatever needs doing doing.

    But, if procrastination turns into sheer laziness, that's when the downward spiral begins and eventually nothing meaningful gets done and you start to feel depressed and listless. So long as you are aware when than starts to happen and know how to quickly snap out of it, you're fine.

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    Unknown Personality

    No. Get back to work. :P
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    INTP - The Thinkers

    Quote Originally Posted by fn0rd View Post
    No. Get back to work. :P


    NTs...I really love you guys. :D And good point, Kateykinz!

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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    It's good that you're accepting your procrastinating-nature. Worrying about the act of procrastinating instead of the deadline itself is just going to put your stress levels over the edge.

    Anyway, my technique: call it an early night, and wake up as early as possible the next day---usually the day something's due. I find I do my best work early in the morning. (I don't even think I'm really a morning person, because these are quite honestly the only times I see mornings.) On a side note, I also seem to do my best work hungry. (No, not with crippling hunger pains... just while feeling a tad peckish. (It's all about balance.))

    Now I'm off to sleep so I can plan an English class from scratch 12 hours before teaching it!
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Y'all might like this related thread - https://personalitycafe.com/infp-foru...hat-i-sta.html
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    ISFP - The Artists

    I’ve decided that this is just who I am and that it’s fine. I’m trying a new thing: not forcing myself to do stuff or feel bad about not doing it, and then I might actually want to do it instead, because I don’t have to. I don’t know if it’s really productive yet, but it sure is making me happier. ☺
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    Quote Originally Posted by kateykinz View Post
    But, if procrastination turns into sheer laziness, that's when the downward spiral begins and eventually nothing meaningful gets done and you start to feel depressed and listless. So long as you are aware when than starts to happen and know how to quickly snap out of it, you're fine.
    So true...

    What I find helps is to identify the task I am procrastinating on with a goal that I want to achieve, so when I complete the task I am one step closer to my goal - this makes me feel good and motivates me to work on other tasks.

    However, when I am alway putting something off then I reevaluate the end goal to see if it is something I really want.
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    ESTP - The Doers


    Don't you have work to do?




    edit: arg, fnord beat me to it!

    *slithers away*
    Last edited by DJArendee; 03-25-2010 at 06:49 PM.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Today, I reached a new height in procrastination. Instead of getting back into writing my book, I sat and wrote two pages about why I was procrastinating on that particular front and what I could do about it. It was actually very enlightening and helped me formulate an overarching plan. Not a tiny, detailed plan that I will follow for two days and then justify my way out of following it, but a very general plan with options - 3 alternative ways of getting to the finish line, 2 separate goals, depending on how well the methods work, a backup plan, a (soft) deadline, and a get-out clause only AFTER I have tried at least two of the options. I feel more motivated to get the ball rolling.


    So my new resolution is to make sure that whenever I am procrastinating, I assess my reasons for it and from there sort out if I need to deal with it and, if so, how to go about it, giving myself as many alternatives as possible so that I don't feel that I am having my freedom restricted
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