The answer, I think, is simple: I'll do better work tomorrow. You see, tomorrow I shall be great. I will be brilliant and witty and successful. How can I possibly accomplish today everything of which I will be capable tomorrow? If I can't do a super-fantastic job today, why even think about it? Sadly, I'm rarely any more brilliant when the new day dawns and I just have a longer to-do list. I'm then more intimidated by everything I want to accomplish and realize that I need more awesomeness than I currently have to be successful. So, naturally I comfort myself with the belief that I'll be able to tackle it all later. Besides, there is something fun I could be doing now which will inspire me to be better!
Why do I continually get myself caught in this vicious cycle? It's the same reason I continue to wear shoes that blister my feet. Okay, I continue to wear the shoes because they're pretty, but that's not the only reason. I'm not so entirely vain that I'd choose limping for days over a pair of slightly less attractive shoes. I don't choose beauty over comfort. When I wear a particularly impractical pair of shoes and end up blisters that make it difficult to walk, I vow that I will never wear the shoes again. But when the blisters heal, I find myself wearing the shoes all over again. I choose beauty over the memory of pain. It's easy to look back and think that it wasn't that bad. The shoes are soo pretty, of course it's worth it! It's the same thing with procrastination. No matter how much trouble I get myself into by waiting until the last minute, it doesn't seem that bad looking back. What's a little stress in the future when I could be having fun now? Sure, it was a mistake last time, but past me was an idiot! Future me will be able to handle it.
Future me will have to read this tomorrow. Hopefully she'll approve; but if not, that's her problem!