i didn't, soz. I have actually went to a counselor today, for the first time in my life. I have learned that I am an exemplary perfectionist. She said it's normal for us perfectionists to get royally stuck when it comes to things like dissertation, or a book or such. I am forbidden to work on/ or think about my thesis this week. She gave me an official break from it. (I told her I had a break for the last three years, but she disagreed. She said it's always looming over my head anyway. Hence the official vacation from it). I'll be working with her, learning how to accept a 'good enough' writing process. Somesuch. I'm glad I went. It makes sense, when I look back at my life. I have to do everything 'all the way' or not at all. Must learn the middle way somehow. Not sure how, but then again, I only saw her once.
I've got the same sort of problem -- though am probably far less likely to ever approach perfection. Deadlines have always done it for me. Five hours to deadline, time to write ten pages on whatever.
At which point, of course, the ten pages are complete rubbish.
At any rate, I'm finding now that I don't have the leisure. Everything I do has a deadline of ten minutes ago, so I perform a mental triage of what needs to be done, get it done, and move on.
It's very liberating, but it's not the sort of discipline I could ever manufacture for myself. External imposition is the only way. (And so, I suppose, ceding control over such things to a counselor/therapist/whatever might be just the thing to get past that hurdle and develop new work habits.) Still, though, the things that I still have the power to procrastinate over get put off even worse than ever.
Damn it, I need an assistant for about 4 hours a week to do all the menial wheels that aren't quite loud enough to merit grease.