Many people equate procrastination (in themselves and others) with laziness or a lack of willpower. Others suggest it's born out of anxiety, perfectionism, fear of failure, and even shame. Either way, it doesn't seem like something you can just stop doing though sheer force of will. But what about all the time you're wasting by putting off your work?
Academic work is never really finished. Every paper could use more edits. The literature review will never be exhaustive. You can never be too prepared for class. I've found that academic work will expand to fill every hour you're willing to give it. And your institution, colleagues, supervisors, and students will be only too happy to take as much as you can give.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the projects and commitments that are just waiting to suck up all your time or leave you feeling scattered and pulled in 18 directions?
Help is here.
Academia is full of either/or beliefs. You can either be a strong researcher or a stellar teacher. You can either have work-life balance or a successful career. You can either take care of your mental health or excel in your job. You can either get a tenure track job and be happy or be stuck in non-TT, non-ac jobs and be miserable. You can either be an administrator or a faculty member. And so on.
When it comes to writing, numbers like word count and page count are abstract goals: targets that we have to reach or boundaries that we struggle to remain within.