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How to Survive the Writing Life When You’re Pressure Prompted

If you find yourself procrastinating a lot, you might be a pressure-prompted writer

Andrew Macrae
5 min readApr 27, 2020


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If you find it hard to get anything done until you’re experiencing deadline pressure, you might be pressure prompted — which is one of the characteristics of the “Perceiving” personality type in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test.

What it feels like to be pressure prompted

Being pressure prompted can be difficult to manage, and it can wreak havoc on your health and your family life. You feel like you’re constantly behind, but you can’t seem to get moving until you’re experiencing pressure as the deadline approaches.

And of course, if you misjudge the amount of time your project or assignment will take, you’ll blow the deadline and flip over into unproductive panic — which is even more destructive.

This can lead to a lot of guilt and negative emotions.

You compare yourself with others, who seem to be effortlessly motivated when they need to be, and can keep normal hours while balancing their social, family and work lives perfectly. You…



Andrew Macrae

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