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    Default INTPs - How do you deal with procrastination/motivation issues?

    I'm sorry if this topic has been discussed, but it's one that's bothering me lately. I, like I'm sure most INTPs, have a serious issue with motivation and procrastination.

    When I finally realize my habits are getting really bad, what I usually try to do is make a schedule for myself and plan whatever work I need to to out in a doable fashion. This generally works for me for things like school work (when I'm successful in forcing myself to follow it, anyways), but it tends to not work so well when I apply the same method to personal projects and whatnot.

    What do you guys do to help keep yourselves motivated?

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    Failure has been a great motivator, but I still find myself behind the ball. Making lists and generally maturing has been my greatest aid.

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    Desperation (and knowing I can't avoid the hammer that will soon smack me) is usually the most effective motivation.

    However, my actual strategy is to start creating to-do lists and schedules and do my best to follow them. The goal is to put achievable mundane items on the list and just start trying to cross off as much as possible. Large vague goals get broken into tangible subgoals, then I just turn off my "big picture" sense and try to push through the items one by one. Sometimes I jump around on the list, but the goal is to cross stuff off.

    Usually that gets me over the hump even if I don't mark everything off.
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    Dexedrine . Too bad it doesn't actually help with motivation tho.

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    Just doing it. I tell myself that I'll never be in the mood to write, so I try to force myself through the wall.

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    I'm to the point when it is becoming quite clear to me that handling things ASAP as soon as they come up is far less draining and stressful then waiting for the last possible moment to do so.

    In my case, taking care of unpleasant customers first thing in the morning, and dredging through the backorder list first so I can spend the rest of the afternoon slacking guilt-free.
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    I tell myself that I'll deal with my procrastination issues later.
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    To answer the question: I fail.

    I think of it like this: there's some motivation threshold required for me to do shit, and all I can really do is affect the things that increase or decrease the motivation function. Once it hits the threshold, I'll do it. But most of the time, the best way I can think of to increase the function is waiting until the deadline gets closer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan View Post
    To answer the question: I fail.

    I think of it like this: there's some motivation threshold required for me to do shit, and all I can really do is affect the things that increase or decrease the motivation function. Once it hits the threshold, I'll do it. But most of the time, the best way I can think of to increase the function is waiting until the deadline gets closer.
    I'm in agreement here. I struggle with an overwhelming sense of failure, which I like to put in the back of my mind. Here and there the urge to actually tackle the problematic task emerges, but usually once it becomes urgent (deadline). I can go pretty deep into fucking myself over if I want to. It must be some sort of pride thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Decline View Post
    I'm in agreement here. I struggle with an overwhelming sense of failure, which I like to put in the back of my mind. Here and there the urge to actually tackle the problematic task emerges, but usually once it becomes urgent (deadline). I can go pretty deep into fucking myself over if I want to. It must be some sort of pride thing.
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