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...or, the subforum that wisely wasn't.

As I just proclaimed in my most recent status message, everyone who makes their way to Cresnov for any extended period of time, myself included, is a procrastinator. The only difference between myself and anyone reading this is a matter of degrees: how much have we let procrastination damage our lives, and how far have we come in our quest to actually complete our real quests?

In other words, what has procrastination done to harm you, personally? And what progress or setbacks have you made in your efforts to finally do the work that you feel or felt inadequate to accomplish?

Share your thoughts, feelings, commiserations, and counsel in this thread. Let's slay this many-headed hydra together! :fieryamber:
 

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It's helpful to realize that a lot of procrastination is rooted in perfectionism and the fear of failure. It's okay to fail sometimes because that's when our most impactful learning experiences happen. In that light, failure is valuable, so it shouldn't be feared. A person's value is not determined by how perfectly they execute school assignments or other responsibilities.

Try this exercise: Think of the people you respect the most and write down the character traits they have that you admire. Chances are, those character traits will include things like "dependability" and "kindness" and "wisdom," not "they made straight A's in school" or "they never mess up." Once you realize that the former and not the latter are the most important things, failure becomes a little bit easier to deal with. When failure is less of a scary, must-avoid-at-all-costs demon, then there's less of a reason to procrastinate. Generally.
 

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There's a good episode on a comedy/panel show we have over here called QI (Quite Interesting) about procrastination but I'm struggling to find it atm though its series P episode 12 (It may be on netflix or amazon prime globally as its produced by the bbc). It is after the watershed so does contain strong language but I will keep an eye out for a link. There is a guide available thanks to the British comedy guide but it loses its delivery that way.
Suffice to say the QI elves hadn't written the questions in time for the show.

BCG link: Link: "QI Series P, Episode 12 - Procrastination - British Comedy Guide"
 

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I procrastinated on waking up today even tho I was awake I just stayed in bed forever
 

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I still havent drawn the first page to Pawzone, and still havent completed writing the homebrew mechanics to my Warriors Adventure Game campaign that doesnt have to do with the Warriors universe at all..
I feel like I should focus on one or the other, idk
 

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I procrastinated on waking up today even tho I was awake I just stayed in bed forever
I did that yesterday as well! I had a really hard night before that, though. Lots of stress. Felt like I needed the extra rest to recharge.
I've put off washing the car for a while now. That and anytime I get off the heavens seems to open up, drowning any chance I have.
I almost never wash my car :chagrinedamber: Do you normally enjoy car washing?
I still havent drawn the first page to Pawzone, and still havent completed writing the homebrew mechanics to my Warriors Adventure Game campaign that doesnt have to do with the Warriors universe at all..
I feel like I should focus on one or the other, idk
An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions. Proverbs 17:24.

Is there any urgency to complete either one? How important is each one to you, and why? Answering those might help improve your aim, so to speak.
 

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Oh, wow, an actually decent bible verse. I hear you.
I mean, I'm in significantly less rush to complete Pawzone than my adventure campaign, seeing the latter is, yk, something I can actively participate in with others??
good suggestion, I'll probably go with that first but idk, imma go sleep on it-
 

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This reminds me of a funny story...
That of a boy, several years ago. He was smart, but introverted and a procrastinator.
Often, he was lying to his parents about having done his homework, then he would realize at 9pm that he hadn't written that large essay for the next day, or he hadn't done whatever exercises, and he would do these late in the evening, sometimes even in his bed, or in the morning bus.
This extreme procrastination had obvious repercutions on his grades, and he was thus denied the path he wanted to take for his school education.
The cycle repeated again. His parents divorced, his school education came to an end, and he had to find something, either a job or graduate studies. Through the procrastination, he eventually found something to continue studies.
But that path was not what the boy wanted for his life, so he quit at the end of the first year.
The next year was a long year of procrastination. The boy was lost, his family pushing him to find something to do, and he didn't know what he could even do. The boy had a severe depression, but eventually, a certain show about colorful cartoon horses pulled him out of it, and eventually saved his life.
Eventually, the procrastinator managed to get himself into a new path. He went to an IT school, things were going well for a time. Then, to validate his first year, he had to get an internship.
The procrastination came back in full force, and in the 4 months he had, he did almost nothing. He did not get an internship.
And he was in an impasse. He had a debt on the back and absolutely no money income. He had to do something, or soon he would be... well, f***ed.
So he did the only thing he could do. He joined the Air Force with the aim to become an IT specialist.
It wasn't easy. His frail body wasn't used to the military treatment, and his procrastination prevented him from having the best grades on written tests.
Eventually, he made his way to specialty training. He was good, but as always, his "Oh, I'll study the lessons later" behaviour prevented him from having grades that actually represented him.
Finally, he made it out of military training and became a full-fledged NCO in the French Air Force, an adult taking determined steps for his future.
Of course, procrastination never left the young man, he often finds himself in certain situations he could have avoided by doing things at the right time. But now he is aware of it, and is trying his best to overcome it.

This clearly wasn't a funny story.

This large bunch of words roughly summarize the last 7-8 years of my life.
Procrastination destroyed the life I used to dream about. It forced me to make choices I didn't want to make. But I did manage to get myself a life, an objective, and a path to it, however uncertain it might be.
I just have to stop procrastinationg so much and start walking on that damn path.
 

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I almost never wash my car :chagrinedamber: Do you normally enjoy car washing?
I like it when its clean. ATM I have plenty I need to do on it anyway but keep putting off.
  1. Front lower arm rear bushes are toast.
  2. Reverse switch on gearbox needs replacing its not working so I have no reverse light or parking sensors.
  3. Rear brakes pads are worn down to about 2.5mm
  4. DPF Could probably do with a regen just to keep it clear
I did wash it yesterday but then it rained today so it feels a bit pointless. Honestly its probably like 2hrs work if I took it into work (on my day off), got it on a ramp and was left to do it but my manager would constantly be asking for me to look at other work or how to do his job. He is on holiday soon though so that might be the time to strike.
 

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That story hits close to home, @Val. I've been blessed to be mostly shielded from the adverse effects of my rampant procrastination of years past by the seemingly inexhaustible grace, love, and support of my family, which now includes @Zules' family. Had I not been so lucky, my story would sound a lot like yours, perhaps even the part about joining the military (I once walked into a Marine Corps recruiting office in my senior year of high school, to see if it might help me get my life straightened up. They told me to stick with college.)

Oh, wow, an actually decent bible verse. I hear you.
It's been a pleasure serving you your daily bread! No need to tip, but make sure to leave a five-star review on Yelp! :semicolondee:

Keep us posted on your progress, Smiley! :approve:

I like it when its clean. ATM I have plenty I need to do on it anyway but keep putting off.
  1. Front lower arm rear bushes are toast.
  2. Reverse switch on gearbox needs replacing its not working so I have no reverse light or parking sensors.
  3. Rear brakes pads are worn down to about 2.5mm
  4. DPF Could probably do with a regen just to keep it clear
I did wash it yesterday but then it rained today so it feels a bit pointless. Honestly its probably like 2hrs work if I took it into work (on my day off), got it on a ramp and was left to do it but my manager would constantly be asking for me to look at other work or how to do his job. He is on holiday soon though so that might be the time to strike.
I'm very much a utilitarian when it comes to my car. I take it in for an oil change whenever the return date rolls around, and I pay attention to the warning lights, but otherwise, I'm pretty lackadaisical about it. I do admire a well-kept car, however.

Along those lines, I finally got around to taking apart my laptop and dusting out the insides last week! That was surprisingly fun, and it does run noticeably cooler now! :D
 

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My brother, who is a tech genius, told me if I don't vacuum out my computer once a month it will be destroyed by the dog hair that my dog routinely sheds. I've been procrastinating on vacuuming my computer out all month and I finally did it today! I'm so proud of myself right now.

I love the feeling I get when I finally accomplish something I've been procrastinating on before the deadline.
 

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My brother, who is a tech genius, told me if I don't vacuum out my computer once a month it will be destroyed by the dog hair that my dog routinely sheds. I've been procrastinating on vacuuming my computer out all month and I finally did it today! I'm so proud of myself right now.

I love the feeling I get when I finally accomplish something I've been procrastinating on before the deadline.
Did I seriously just ninja you about cleaning out our computers, of all things?? :normanheadscratch:
 

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Yo wait, Avidro is Esther's Brother?

CRESNOVIAN CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!
 

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I'm very much a utilitarian when it comes to my car. I take it in for an oil change whenever the return date rolls around, and I pay attention to the warning lights, but otherwise, I'm pretty lackadaisical about it. I do admire a well-kept car, however.
I keep putting it off because the family treats the thing like their van (it's the largest car we own by quite a margin). So it ends up doing things like hauling fridges to the tip. I feel a bit bad for abusing it to a degree. That said a lot of car maintenance is actually preventative and simple enough to do.
 

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The boy had a severe depression, but eventually, a certain show about colorful cartoon horses pulled him out of it, and eventually saved his life.
I really like this part. I love how fictional works can give people strength... so cool!!

Also, I came into this thread because I'm procrastinating on drawing, but I think that's because I'm hungry. Happens a lot. Then I'll eat something and get sleepy from all the carbs I can't stop myself from eating and sleep-procrastinate. Afternoons are a problem.
 
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