Do You Ever Feel You Need Some Prodding?

I actually tell people to kick my ass. I tell my Mom and any gf’s in my life to pester me about a project that needs to be done that I am putting off forever. I tell them to bug me ferociously to get it done especially as the deadline nears. I also tell them the consequences of what will happen to me if I do not get this project done by deadline, which are often pretty serious. This works pretty nicely for me. I like being prodded by others. I work pretty well with a boot to my neck because unfortunately I am a horrible prognosticator.
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10 thoughts on “Do You Ever Feel You Need Some Prodding?”

  1. I have one philosophy professor who picks on students. I’m wondering if his strategy is better than that of other professors who supposedly “respect the fact the student’s are adults”. In other words, these professors give harsh deadlines, but don’t prod the students to complete them.
    I’m wondering also if all students are really mature. Does everyone mature by age 18? Many don’t. Some only mature after they’ve had military training.

    1. @Jason Y
      Re: “I have one philosophy professor who picks on students”
      That might work in university or college where the students have chosen to be there, but I think in high school it would just have some pupils wanting to avoid him and his subject like the plague…
      Re: “I’m wondering also if all students are really mature. Does everyone mature by age 18?”
      I don’t even think *everyone* is even necessarily mature by 40 – i’ve met a few idiots in their 40’s… 😉

  2. A lot of college students don’t even come to class. I think, maybe half of the students drop of out the university completely. Of course, this might not all be due to immaturity. They might just feel that the blue collar workforce has more to offer.

    1. I am not lazy at all except when I am really tired. I can do easy jobs or forced jobs no problem (I can do therapy and write posts for this blog and it’s no big deal) but major posts involving a lot of work along with huge work projects make me nervous. For instance, I have some paid writing gigs now that I am just not doing. The fact that I am going to be paid for it makes me really nervous, so I put it off. Instead I write for here, which is much less anxiety inducing. And that book chapter that is coming out was really hard to do. I had to have people put their boot on my neck to get that done by deadline.

        1. I hate deadlines. So much, that I often try to do whatever possible to try to be early. or avoid them.
          If I get prodded too much I prod back. Tell me what you want done, by when…then leave me the H alone.
          Don’t say a word until deadline. Then I am nice as pie.

        2. “I love deadlines. Especially the whooshing sound they make as they pass by.” – Douglas Adams

  3. Robert, I, too, am a terrible procrastinator. If it were not for the last minute, dire threats from my mother, and the nightmare vision of looming deadlines, no task in my life would ever be completed.
    But as I grow older, I’ve found a way to overcome the sheer inertia of procrastination Assuming larger projects take longer, every day I find a way to do at least one discrete task. I start with setting up a spreadsheet with a list of all the things I need to accomplish, then place them in the order they need to be done, and each day I pick something small and inoffensive to do and record the results. If I’m stuck on one thing, I leave it and move on to the next. No task is too small to go into the list. It adds up, over time. Every day…drip, drip, drip…it will be done. It takes care of a lot of the panic too.

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