The extent of my procrastination has no limits, if it was an Olympic event, they'd create a platinum medal just to match my ability. To give you an idea, I've literally just been in the middle of writing another blog when I started to read this article about controlling procrastination and decided to blog about that instead.

I don't think being a procrastinator is necessarily a bad thing, in many ways, it's a good trait. It becomes a problem when you allow yourself to be consumed in an abundance of tasks and then you postpone each for as long as possible whilst somehow finding time to catch up on Game of Thrones, until the day where you have no other choice than to sit down and get it done.

This article gives the main reasons for procrastination and ways to help prevent your procrastination sessions from turning into a Michael Douglas scenario in Falling Down (I apologise if you haven't seen it, he basically walks into a fast food restaurant and shoots the place up when they won't serve him the breakfast menu for being 5 minutes over the cut-off point... I'm more referencing his stress levels opposed to being literal).

So far I've only changed a few habits to help with my procrastination problems, However, those few changes have made huge improvements in regards to my timekeeping and having more of an order to my life, opposed to a big arbitrary mess of "ok that's done, let's find what I can be a*sed doing next".

I know it sounds like an obvious one and if you're anything like me you'll hate even the idea of it, but making to-do lists seems to be one that's helped a lot. I like to separate my lists into 2 columns which I update daily. 1 column is for ongoing tasks or ones that don't require immediate attention. The second column is for tasks that do require immediate attention. I then order them in importance, with some variation to mix in the less boring tasks with those that make you question the point of your very existence. By the end of the process, I should have a day's start-finish of what I need to get done, with time for ongoing tasks and interruptions.

If I was to take anything more from this article that I don't already do, it would be to create an ideal environment. In particular, from having experienced it myself being an aspiring screenwriter, I know the difficulties confronted from being in an environment full of distractions when you're trying to be creative. Even the location alone can be a huge factor (probably more obvious and prominent when you're trying to be creative).

If you're a pathological procrastinator like myself then I'd recommend giving this article a read and maybe take on board some of her ideas for tackling procrastination.