If procrastination is holding you back? Don’t feel alone, it effects all of us at one point or another. I know it effects me too much.
The way I deal with stuff that I don’t like and know that I can change is to read. Reading about whatever the stuff might be. With the new year only a month or so ago, I have been reading a lot about procrastinating.
Following are 7 steps that might help you if you find yourself procrastinating.
1. What is it that you need to do?
Is it something that should be done now to get future benefits?
David Allen in his book Getting Things Done says, “The vaguer the task, or the more abstract the thinking it requires, the less likely you are to finish it.”
Be sure to define the task.
2. Are you focused?
Focus in anything is whats needed to get anything done. You might keep the word FOCUS, close to where you do your work. Make a sign and hang it on the wall within your wall.
3. Just do it!
Nothing is more important with any task is Getting Started. Buy a timer that goes up to one hour and set it for the amount amount of time you know that you will be focused on the task at hand. Even if it’s 15 0r 25 minutes. Everybody has 15 minutes that they can work.
4. Police yourself.
Don’t waste time chatting. Getting to know a new person is great. Shooting the breeze is a waste of time that could be used to productive work.
Rescue time, is a free online time-management tool. It can help get you back on track if your spending time checking emails or whatever.
5. Sometimes good enough is just that.
Any steps in the progression on getting the task done is a step towards completion and success. Don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t reach your goal at that time. Good enough is a great tool to keep you from quitting. Moving forward towards6. the end result, no matter how small, is still moving forward.
6. Bet on yourself.
Personally, I don’t gamble. I got this information stickK.com. You can post your own goals, and how much you will pay if you fail. You can donate any money you loose to a charity you would not normally donate to.
7. Want to go extreme?
These are a few examples of people how have gone to extreme measures to get it done.
These are a few examples of extreme measures taken by others.
An Arizona sociologist posted an embarrassing photo on Facebook until he completed a difficult task. Victor Hugo had his valet hide his clothing so he’d have to stay home and write. Demosthenes supposedly shaved half his head and refused to appear in public until it grew back, giving him more time to work.
I hope these 7 steps helped you in any way. I can tell you this with conviction, enjoy what you do and you won’t procrastinate. You will be excited and productive because you can see the end result.
This is what I do, and it keeps me active because I strongly believe that it can work for you.
To end, I will ask you to click here. Contact me and let me help you.
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