If you procrastinate and
don't read this newsletter, you may never....
out how to stop procrastinating! We're
all overworked in some capacity, at times overwhelmed, and certainly
overextended. The combination of the
three makes it easy to procrastinate on a wide variety of tasks, which is fine
if one of them is alphabetizing your spices.
However, if you are avoiding activities which will have significant consequences
if left undone, it's time to develop the skills you need to take action.
- Determine why
you can't get started.
because you don't really need to do this task, in which case, take it off your
to-do list now. Or maybe it's because
it's too difficult, unpleasant, or will require a lot of your time. Once
you determine "why you can't get it done," you'll be able to devise a strategy
for "how to get it done."
Break the task up into small steps.
Creating multiple steps makes it much easier
to get started. For example, it's
daunting to consider organizing your desk, but more manageable to complete the
separate tasks of (1) sorting files, (2) discarding outdated publications, and
(3) purchasing new bookends. Also, finishing
small steps is motivating and keeps you moving forward.
- Set a
Many of us work well under pressure, so if you're procrastinating on
something which doesn't have a deadline, make one!
- Find someone to hold you accountable.
Sometimes we're really good at follow
through, but other times it's helpful to have someone else make sure you do
what you said you would. Case in point:
I've been planning to write a book for some time now, and I'm going to ask all
of you to hold me accountable. It would
be great if you could check in with me and ask how I'm progressing. How's that for asking to be held accountable??
just 15 minutes and get started!
You can do just about anything for 15
minutes. Set a timer and give yourself
permission to stop as soon as those 15 minutes have passed. You will be amazed by how this one "trick"
can get you over the hurdle of beginning a project. The added bonus is that you will probably be
surprised to find that once you get started, the task isn't nearly as unpleasant as you once thought. You
might even find yourself motivated to keep going!
Faun Zarge helps people find solutions for their work-life challenges.
She offers her practical, realistic strategies through a wide variety of highly interactive and engaging seminars. Please feel free to contact Faun directly to discuss how she might help your organization.