But as much as I procrastinate, I also hate the feeling of panic that it brings upon me.
So I started working ahead. Like crazy ahead. I figured if I can't work on things during a normal person's "logical and sane" time to work on something and I can't leave things until the last minute or I'll go crazy, then I have to go to the other extreme and work ahead.
This has given my life such a peaceful flow that I'll never go back (don't get me wrong, sometimes I pile too much on my plate and still end up with the last minute crazies, or unforeseen circumstances cause them, but it's rarely of my own doing now).
A few years ago, I started my work ahead system (not on purpose, it just happened). It started with Christmas. I made lists of everything that it took to make Christmas run from gifts, to decorations, to food to parties. I marked everything on the calendar and worked backwards to when things needed to be done. That was the least stressful Christmas I had ever encountered up until that point (and everyone after has been just as relaxing).
So, I started applying that same strategy to every area of my life. I started with the busy times (June is crazy for us, September is nuts as are Christmas and Easter (mostly because of concerts). Once I got my busy times under control then I started working ahead for the normal day to day things. If I know company is coming, I meal plan for them basically as soon as they're marked on the calendar.
And the best thing about planning? It helps me see what is most important to me and my family (so that those things get done) and allows us to throw in a few "cherry one top" moments and ditch the stuff that drags us down.
Are you organized? What sort of systems work for you? Need some help in this area? What do you struggle with the most?