Procrastination Nation


If you are anything like me then you are probably 6ft 2″ with light brown hair, living in Madrid with a Spanish girl called Elena. You may also be a procrastinator.

Dean, what is a procrastinator?
Wikipedia description:

Procrastination is the deferment or avoidance of an action or task which requires completion by focusing on some other action or task. For the person procrastinating, this can result in a loss of productivity, stress and a sense of guilt. While it is normal for individuals to procrastinate to some degree, it becomes a problem when it impedes normal functioning. Chronic procrastination may be a sign of an underlying psychological or physiological disorder.

I genuinely have this condition, and after doing some research it seems that internet addiction is a common symptom. Anyway, even if you are not a major procrastinator like myself, you are still human, therefore you will most likely put-off doing tasks from time to time. If you are anything other than very well organised you may wish to read this post carefully.

I have recently developed a simple yet effective method of ensuring that I do the most important daily tasks.

Technique: When I wake up in the morning I think through all of the tasks that I need to do for the coming day. Then I pick the most important two tasks and I write one task on each hand.

e.g Send IO to Phil. or Backup all of my sites.

No matter how busy you are there will always be one or two things that are the most important. if you are anything like me then it would be un-realistic to make a list of 10-20 tasks on a piece of paper. The thought of 20 tasks would mean that I just hide the paper and forget about it.

This is why I like my hand technique.

  • It sets a realistic amount of work
  • It makes you focus on the MOST important things
  • Unlike a piece of paper you can’t lose your hands or put them in a drawer etc.
  • Every time you look at your hands you will be reminded of the tasks.
  • You CANNOT clean the pen off your hands until you have 100% completed the tasks.
  • If you don’t finish the tasks by the end of the day then they REMAIN on your hands. Also, the following day you add two more tasks. Try going in public with pen all over your hands and you will soon get enough motivation to complete all future tasks by the end of the day.

If you are well organised then the above may mean nothing to you. But If you suffer from the same condition as me, or you merely need to be a little more organised, then you should try my technique for one week and see how it goes.

p.s if you want to know the full extent of my condition then see here: Procrastination

  • Val Dobson

    I’m a procrastinator as well. It’s quite a problem at times – I’ve been through periods when urgent work has been piling up and I’ve wasted whole days surfing the internet.
    With me, I think it’s more a symtom of depression – at these times, I want to hide away from all the problems.
    However, I’ll certainly try out your tip – I have another run of urgent work to get through and I don’t want to get it in late and poorly organised as I usually do.

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