Stop procrastinating NOW
So what did I do? Stopped and read it for an hour of course.
But wouldn'tcha know, it was worth it. Check it out:
My favorite advice, in no particular order (and some of this is pretty obvious, but just because it's obvious doesn't mean it gets done):
Who expects great things from you? Teachers/co-workers/friends, etc. Invite them to lunch or coffee, hang out, pick their brains, ask for advice. Support is essential.
What's holding you back from getting something done? Is there a good reason for it (e.g., not calling someone back because you need to cool down first so you don't bitch him/her out)? If not, what are you afraid of happening and how can you calm this fear?
Redefine yourself. Just because you think you're disorganized, that doesn't mean you can't go to the Container Store (http://www.containerstore.com/) and pick up some organizational tips from books and magazines. People change all the time.
Prioritize your to-do list (this is SO obvious, but until I read it I hadn't realized that I never do this). Write a brainstorm list of everything you need to get done for the day. Then go back and fine tune it. Put the things with the biggest pay-off first (e.g., sending off resumes) and leave the things with little to no payoff last or cross them off entirely (e.g., do I really desperately need to alphabetize my novels?) You can't get everything done, so do what counts.
Related to the above, a lot of people fall into the trap of doing something, anything, just to feel productive. I definitely am guilty of this. Case in point: I copied and pasted a gigantic list of nonprofits into a Word document and had been going online and getting the names and contact info of each of their executive directors or PR directors, then making a master list of contacts to send my resume and marketing letter. My intent was to do a massive direct mail campaign to get work as a copy writer. I got through about 30 of the addresses. It's been on my to-do list forever. Then I realized that a) this will have very little pay back and b) I don't WANT to be a copy writer for nonprofits. I want to write pithy essays for ELLE magazine and a string of popular-but-still-cerebral novels. So what the hell am I doing that shit for when I should be working on query letters for Food and Wine magazine and Bust? Right, exactly. So, I trashed the nonprofit project, which I had been doing because it felt like I was getting something done by sitting bleary eyed at the computer and copying and pasting addresses into the file. Busy work is what it was, pure busy work.
And some mind control tricks:
No more rewards for bad behavior. I am a chronic pedicure-purchase-to-make-myself-feel-better type of person. What do I do to deserve it other than sink into a depressive funk that red toenails won't cure?
Conversely, use self bribery to help get things done. My favorites are spa services and permission to eat out at a restaurant. I also need a pair of open-toed shoes to show off my red toenails.
Set a timer, work for that amount of time and give myself permission to take a break when the beeper goes off. Kind of along the lines of the ol' "exercise for 10 minutes and then you can stop" trick (i.e., once you get going, you rarely stop).
There were so many other good tips. If you have issues with procrastination, definitely check out this book.