Procrastination


I am working on models related to the poisonous thought: I can do it tomorrow. I think my model related to that thought is problematic (thinking I can do it tomorrow leads to a feeling of relief, so the unhelpful thought triggers a positive feeling) and I would be grateful for some feedback:
UM
C: Letter for client
T: I am afraid I will make a mistake in writing it
F: Anxious
A: Procrastinate, buffer, spend time on FB, send personal emails
R: I make the mistake of not doing it at all
UM
C: Letter for client
T: I can do it tomorrow
F: Relieved
A: Procrastinate, buffer, etc.
R: I don’t do the work
IM
C: Letter for client
T: I have a letter to write (I’m thinking this is a ladder thought on the way to something like, I want to write the letter today)
F: Fortunate (as opposed to folks who are losing their jobs)
A: Print the draft I have, continue working on it, make revisions, finalize it
R: The letter is sent today

I can see how seductive the thought (and belief) that I can do the work tomorrow is. The truth is, I *can* do it tomorrow (there is no deadline), and thinking that thought has led to a situation where I still haven’t finished the letter, 12 days later. But every day that I delay, my guilt seems to grow and potential negative consequences for the client become more likely. Maybe I just need to keep repeating to myself, “I have a letter to write” every time I think, “I can do it tomorrow.” But “I can do it tomorrow” is SO appealing. Many thanks.