Hello, I am a 21-year-old university student of Medicine. I am in my third year in the university and so far every major exam or mid-term has been a horrendous struggle for me in terms of organization. I do consider myself to have quite good intellectual capacity, however, I have severe procrastination issues that have been slowly aggravating themselves for at least 5 years now. So far I have managed to pass all my exams with very high of even the highest grades possible, however at the expence of over-strenuous studies in the last days before each exam. I fear this will inevitably lead to a neurological disorder in the future if I do not improve my motivation and resolve my procrastination problems.
Through self-observation I have found that I am rather impatient. I also took up Medicine as my career choice due to a lack of better options and to use it as a staging ground for further development- in short, it was not my first and most favored choice. I consider myself to be more of a creative person than a person that enjoys memorizing infinite volumes of data(even though I am capable of this, I derive no pleasure from it).
I have made extensive research concerning adult ADD and ADD in general and I do believe that in my first 6 or 7 years of school I did not exhibit any of the symptoms of ADD. I do believe, however, that these symptoms started manifesting a short time after this period of my life.
I am looking for adequate psychoterapeutic techniques(behavioral or otherwise) to resolve my procrastination issues. Medication is completely out of the question. Can you please suggest some techniques which from your own observation and experience have proven to be with a high success rate?
I don't know how helpful it will be to mention this, but my father passed away a little over a year ago(I've had the procrastination issues before this, however, I believe they have intensified in the time after it), and my study environment consists of a small group of people. This group, me included, are so far known as our course's "overachievers". The up-side is, of course, the fact that I am somewhat motivated to study harder and keep up with the rest of my group. The down-side: my procrastination is making the preparation for every next exam into a small anxiety crisis- anxiety derived from an almost pathological fear of failure and humiliation.