n. A person who performs tasks sooner than they need to be done, particularly as a way of delaying a bigger or more stressful task.
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We precrastinators don't put things off until the last minute (well, actually, in other moods, we do that, too, but never mind). Instead, we do things sooner than they really need to be done, even if it costs us more time and energy that way, simply for the feeling of having them over with.
—Oliver Burkeman, “This column will change your life: precrastination,” The Guardian, July 05, 2014
I do almost everything before it needs to be done. I pull out my house keys 15 minutes before arriving home. At night, I turn off my car headlights long before my ride is over. I pack for trips a week before departing….

I’m more a pre-precrastinator, or a pro precrastinator, which await their definitions.
—Alex Beam, “The precrastinator,” The Boston Globe, May 13, 2011
1999 (earliest)
So we asked readers to invent words that we could use in a column, thus qualifying them for submission. Numerous ideas came in, including some from Whittier College English professor Joe Price, who turned our prank into a class assignment. Among the nominees: Amy Faucher's "precrastination" (getting work done ahead of time).
—Roy Rivenburg, “Mail-bonding with our readers,” Los Angeles Times, November 26, 1999
One executive, who didn't want to be identified, describes his employees as "precrastinators." They know in advance they are going to put off work.
—David Young, “Plan on it,” Chicago Tribune, September 18, 1995
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