Procrastination is one of my biggest challenges. I have written about this before and I confess it has sabotaged many things I should have done. It continues to be an issue that I work through on a weekly basis. I tend to overthink issues and spend too much time analyzing tasks. Sometimes it is easier to do something else and "get to it later". Trouble is things pile up. The things I have the most difficulty with are the mundane. There is almost nothing worse than entering items on a spreadsheet or filing away paper work. I think that making a vow to yourself sometimes is not enough. Being held accountable to a group (like we are doing) is fantastic. Sometimes you have a partner or colleague who will hold you accountable but when you are left to your own free will it gets sidelined. I want learn to be accountable to myself. To do this I will begin by prioritizing my work and stop overthinking projects. I think what Natalie said about not putting out a perfect project resonates with me and I am sure that in a year (or sooner) I will look back on some of my blogs and laugh. If that happens, I have got better, and that is really what I am looking for. Not letting procrastination sabotage my life or my interests.
From the overwhelm perspective, I have used a trick for a long time, and I do it with working at a desk or working in the yard. I take little pieces much like eating, small bites and digest one project (or part of project) at a time. If I can get past the procrastination part, I can usually master this part. Some people get overwhelmed with the chores in the yard or house. I just look at the project and break it down into smaller pieces. This makes it easier for me.
I think that more of us are affected by this ailment than we realize.