[ISTJ] Starting Lots of Projects But Not Finishing Them

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This is a discussion on Starting Lots of Projects But Not Finishing Them within the ISTJ Forum - The Duty Fulfillers forums, part of the SJ's Temperament Forum- The Overseers category; I find myself starting lot of different projects/tasks/lifestyle changes llately. I'll spend hours researching, planning, creating task lists/schedules, etc. right ...

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    ISTJ - The Duty Fulfillers

    Starting Lots of Projects But Not Finishing Them

    I find myself starting lot of different projects/tasks/lifestyle changes llately. I'll spend hours researching, planning, creating task lists/schedules, etc. right up to the moment it is time to pull the trigger and actually get started doing whatever it is. Then... I'll procrastinate, get bored, and forget about it.

    It's actually starting to affect my life, because I have all these things I need to do written down that I've been putting off for a long time and they are starting to pile up. For example, I almost always go well over the 3,000 mile mark for oil changes, even though I'm an auto engineer and I know what it can do to your vehicle, and I know well ahead of the 3,000 mile mark that I need to pull over and get an oil change. I'll just keep telling myself "Tomorrow" and forget about it, until I notice I'm 2,000-3,000 miles over and then start to panic.

    I'm actually getting stressed out thinking about the crap I've put off, and I'm thinking it will take me weeks to catch back up.

    Anyone else have a problem like this, or is there something wrong with me? lol
    sriracha, 1987, petals of stone and 7 others thanked this post.

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    ISFJ - The Nurturers

    I definitely can relate to having problems of this nature. A lot of the times I will only care about my short-term needs, and I have trouble dealing with more long range stuff. For example, I put off my graduate school applications all the way until end of December, even though I really could have been working on them and finishing them at the beginning of the school year.

    Though, I think I have given up on the putting schedules together for doing long-term things, since I know that that is not going to happen. I definitely will write down all my deadlines so that I know when they are (and I will have them stuck in my head) but that si about as much planning as I'll do for the more long-term things.

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    Unknown Personality

    I make a list of things to be done by the end of the week and become serious about fitting all activities in by that point.

    In terms of motivation I do some activities for others and some activities for myself, then I embrace the obligation in the form of a promise to be finished by the time I declared I would be done.

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    I'm better with short-term tasks because I can just get it done and cross it off my list. But with long-term things.....I tend to be the same. I hate this. At school, my classmates would think that I'd get a huge project done, but I've failed to complete some. This year, I failed to do two big final/projects in two of my classes..and got half of one done in another class. As with the nomal small everyday assignments, I don't have much problem with them.

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    ISTJ - The Duty Fulfillers

    I'm also similar in that I put off doing things until it's near the due date.

    In term of KMitch's situation I probably wouldn't put off doing things like oil changes that in my mind are "must do" things but I would for things where it doesn't matter whether I follow through with the task or not. For example I have a tendency to start tidying my room, get to the point where there is more stuff on the floor than I started with and just give up due to lack of patience and end up leaving it that for at least a week. I also have a tendency to buy "craft" kits, start on them and then never finish because I lose interest and end up forgetting about it. However the situations I've described above don't require me to plan via lists etc.

    I do sometimes write a list of all the things I have to do by a certain date and tick them off as I go along. That's the best way for me to keep on top of things... combined with a schedule diary that is.
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    INTJ - The Scientists

    It depends on my level of interest. Things that I am interested in, I will do and finish as soon as the work turns up.

    Things that I am not interested in, however, I will procrastinate for. And procrastinate further. And further until I can no longer put it off. At which point, I will have to do it as there is no other option. However, since I am not interested in 90% of the things, that means I am probably one of the best procrastinators you'll meet since I procrastinate for nearly everything.
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    I'm terrible for starting things and not finishing them, because I just get bored of things so easily and then get inspired to do new things, which is a vicious cycle. If I don't have a specific deadline to finish something by (which has to be set by someone else) or if there is not some other reason that it's absolutely essential for me to finish something, the project can be left unfinished for years. Such is the case with a lot of the songs I write, not to mention the stories I daydream up, one of which has been continually evolving (yet is nowhere near complete) for eight years now!

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    ENFJ - The Givers

    That really contradicts the Judgers dichotomy doesn't it?, same goes for ENFJ's cept it's the other way around...I wish i could complete all my homework for today and not procrastinate on that. *Sigh*. Kind of my like what I'm doing right now, I'm in the library, doing my assignment then getting distracted to write this post .
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    Like many others have stated, I can procrastinate on long-term projects as well as anyone. Especially if I think I may not be able to complete it "well". Normal homework I usually don't mind and get it done in a reasonable timeframe.

    As for non-school related projects, I rarely start any new "projects" if I know I can't finish them (and I usually can't these days since it seems I have less and less time as the years go on lol). I can get anxious about not completing these things, so I prefer not to start. I mentioned in another thread about my scrapbooking which I had to give up since I was so annoyed with it never being "finished". I always feel obligated to finish every book I start, as well. So I prefer minimizing my obligations as much as I can, at least when I'm in school, and this means no new "projects" for me.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I could identify so well with your post on procrastination, because I was lead to believe it was a way of life.

    Last week; however, I spent three days eating like a rabbit, and for the first time in years, I felt enthused. I was productive. I exercised, made time for co-curriculars, and completed all of my work, whilst remaining in a good mood. For me, that was a big achievement.
    I'm sensitive to certain foods [sugars, additives] and on a bad week when I can't avoid them, they usually make my situation worse. They make me feel lazy, groggy and lower my attention span. It is amazing how much small changes to a system can effect the whole.

    Unfortunately I still live at home and the most pleasing thing to my Grandparents is seeing me 'enjoy' foods that I can barely stomach and hinder my capacity to think...
    Last edited by Polaris; 02-17-2011 at 04:21 AM.
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