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    Procrastination

    I notice in the last year, I have been procrastinating so much. It has gotten way out of hand. I've had to miss full day's of work to complete things. I can't seem to focus in my office. The computer is in my office and I always play games or surf the web, which is much more fun than working. I start working on something and take a peak at my computer, and just stay on there. I usually do my work the next day, at work, which can be very stressful. I stay up late on the computer also, and when I should be going to bed, I start my work, and end up falling asleep. I'd really like some help with my procrastination.

    Thanks again, for your time and help.

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    Procrastination

    This is all part of the behavior you've mentioned in the other thread, Paintballer - procrastination is a problem for every client, male or female, I've treated for pornography "addiction" -- which is interesting because the activity eats up so much time. Other internet behaviors, including gaming, do the same thing.

    Have you ever been tested for ADHD?

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    Procrastination

    Quote Originally Posted by David Baxter
    This is all part of the behavior you've mentioned in the other thread, Paintballer - procrastination is a problem for every client, male or female, I've treated for pornography "addiction" -- which is interesting because the activity eats up so much time. Other internet behaviors, including gaming, do the same thing.

    Have you ever been tested for ADHD?
    No, I have not been tested for ADHD. However, I used to be a lot better on my procrastination before my addiction. In my school years, I would usually start projects before the rest of my college classmates. Now that pornography is such a distraction, its hard for me to concentrate and keep my mind from wondering off. Not just about pornography, but other hobbies I enjoy a lot more during work.

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    Procrastination

    Okay... I was just curious.

    What about depression, dysthymia, an anxiety disorder, OCD? Any thing like that in your personal or family history?

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    Procrastination

    Quote Originally Posted by David Baxter
    Okay... I was just curious.

    What about depression, dysthymia, an anxiety disorder, OCD? Any thing like that in your personal or family history?
    Surprisingly no. Where would I be able to get tested for these things? I am somewhat short on money with the start of a new month, would this be costly?

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    Procrastination

    Probably, especially if you are in the US without government health care.

    One of the things you can do is start keeping a mood log (see the David Burns book listed in "Resources" section -- near the top of the page in the main index).

    Start by recording times when you think about going online or procrastinating in other ways:

    • what was happening that day, especially just before the urge? was this any different from when you did not have the urges?
    • what were you feeling? not just the primary feeling (e.g., stressed or worried) but also other feelings (annoyance, anger, sadness, etc.) -- how strong are these feelings relative to one another? are the feelings any different from those you generally have when the urges are not present?
    • when you had these thoughts, try to identify what you were thinking or saying to yourself (self-talk): how were you interpreting or talking to yourself about what was happening and how you were feeling?
    • how did that self-talk make you feel? e.g., more anxious? less anxious? more sad? more angry?
    • try to challenge those thoughts/self-talk: what if anything is wrong with how you are interpreting all this and reacting and what ytou are thinking/saying to yourself?
    • were you able to change any of the self-talk? if so, how did it change how you felt?

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    Re: Procrastination

    I've joined recently and was sort of diagnosed with ADHD like they are not 100% sure but I'm the same way as you. I get up in the morning and just cant get started. I have work to do around the house and my wife's business and I dont know where to start and the worse I feel guilty of not doing anything so I go for coffee with the guys and I feel good. When I come back it turn around in circle. I will also sit around and clean my computer but I can go to Canadian Tire and get something for my shop and then I will clean it all up.
    Also with 35 years of multiple sclerosis it could be denying the fatigue but I dont know anymore.

    I play golf twice a week and no problems with that even if I'm tired.

    sure would like some feeback on that.

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    Re: Procrastination

    What is it you're trying to do when you can't get motivated? How interesting are those tasks? What payoff or incentive do you see for you to get them done?

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    Re: Procrastination

    All I can say is that I feel Great, satisfied..
    Even after I will go back a couple of times to check it.

    Other times I will start a job like cleaning the garden and I just cant stop even if I'm burnt. I have to finish at all cost.

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    Re: Procrastination

    No, I'm talking about the tasks you DON'T get to... not the ones you do.

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