Friday, February 27, 2009

Procrastination !!

This arrived in my inbox from a de-cluttering company here in Adelaide.

I love it - I have been guilty since a teenager and at the moment it is taking its toll....BIG TIME !!!!
Tips for overcoming procrastination

Procrastination can be a minor inconvenience or it can have a crippling effect. Understanding the reasoning behind it helps a great deal in overcoming it. Here are some reasons why we procrastinate and some strategies to help:
If you're feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of the task:
  • Break the task down into 'next actions'. Think about the very first thing you need to do and commit to just doing that.
  • Use a timer and commit to a short amount of time to begin with (such as 5 minutes).

If you don't know where to start:

  • Pretend you're delegating it. What would you tell someone else what it is that needs to be done first?
  • Ask the person who delegated it to you what they think the first step could be. Asking for advice is infinitely better than putting it off until it's too late.
If you know the task will be unpleasant or difficult:
  • Use a timer - if you know it will be only 5 minutes of unpleasantness you'll be more likely to get started
  • Set yourself rewards for reaching milestones
  • Don't wait or over-analyse; just do it
If you're lacking the confidence that you can do it:
  • Just give it a try; you could be underrating yourself. You only fail if you never try.
  • Are you lacking the skills or knowledge? Look for ways to resolve that.
  • Analyse if it's part of your goals and strike it off your list altogether if it's not

You don't think you have time to do it properly so you'd rather not try:

  • Relax your standards. Don't let perfectionism stymie you.
  • Set a timer for however long you have and do as much as you can in that time.


diane said...

What about if you just can't be bothered. Like I feel right now after cleaning the house this morning now I can't be bpothered doing anything else.
But there are some really good tips there.

Sassy said...

Oh I needed this!
Procrastination is my middle name....
I'll be using some of these suggestions!
Thanks. :)

Jules said...

Great post and tips ! :)
I'll start implementing them.... tomorrow ! LOL
Have a great weekend, don't do too much ! ;-)

Jo-Anne Mother and Nanna said...

I do the 5 minute thing with my ironing and housework because often it is just a matter of getting started. Also when I want to go for a walk but just don't feel like it I will tell myself I will just go for a short walk around the block but most of the time once I start to walk I am fine and enjoy the walk sometimes walking much longer then I had planned.

yevisha said...

these are great, thanks, i'm the queen of procrastination.

WILBO43 said...

or you could just ignore it and hope it'll go away. usually works for me. BB.
PS Don't tell Diane