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August 23, 2009

Procrastination

Let’s talk about the “granddaddy of all productivity killers” – procrastination.  It’s unrealistic to set a goal to completely eliminate procrastination, but we can set a realistic goal to try to eliminate some of our procrastination.  As you continue reading my blogs, you’ll soon recognize a pattern – I like to talk about what I consider to be rational approaches to improving focus, productivity and organization.  So let’s rationally approach this topic.

There’s quite a bit of misunderstanding when it comes to procrastination.  For one thing, when you procrastinate it doesn’t mean you’re lazy.  You’re just avoiding doing something in the delusion that this afternoon or tomorrow you’ll have more time,  you’ll know more or you’ll have more help.  So when you excessively check email, hang out by the water cooler or surf the internet, ask yourself why and what are you really avoiding.

Here are some helpful hints if you struggle with procrastination:

1.  When in doubt, seek clarity.  Vague directions and ambiguous expectations often prevent you from moving forward.

2. If you find a job too difficult, too unpleasant or just too boring, tackle it first thing in the morning.  Tell yourself you’ll just work on it for 20 minutes, at the end of 20 minutes, make the decision whether to continue or stop.  Once you’re involved, it’s easier to keep going.

3. If the project or task seems too large then break it down into individual tasks and tackle each one separately.

Try one of these suggestions if you find that you tend to procrastinate and let me know how it worked.  Remember, we can’t eliminate procrastination all together, but we can minimize it.

Good Luck!

Taken from the GO System, written by Chris Crouch

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