Thursday, August 04, 2011
Sure it is curable. That's why I waited until now to write this. I read the information in the email this morning, but I put it off until after I got home.
Is losing your momentum what is causing the procrastination? Are you in a rut and find yourself putting things off? Do you find whatever the task is at hand is maybe boring or not interesting? Are you being stubborn? Or perhaps you are fearful of what needs to be done and afraid of failing.
If you find yourself answering some of these questions or perhaps nodding your head in agreement, then perhaps you are a procrastinator.
Below are a few tips that might help you.
• start with a written plan of action to avoid getting distracted
• keep your plan simple and straightforward
• start with the one thing you must get done today to feel productive
• should be a manageable item you can complete in 10-15 minutes
• break the day up into a number of "action sessions" for other tasks
• balance the time spent planning with time spent creating or doing
• avoid over-planning -- another method of procrastination
• before ending your day, spend 10 minutes reviewing your progress
• take time to plan your actions for the next day
And also remember
• don't try to do everything perfectly
• perfectionism often causes procrastination
• perfectionists would rather put it off than do an incomplete job
• rather than perfection, aim for progress
• any small step toward completion is an accomplishment
Remember to make it fun
• make the project and environment as pleasant as possible
• play music, open a window, have a cold drink, etc.
• give yourself the best tools and work space for the project
• take a few minutes to organize your work space
• a clean desk allows you to focus without visual distraction
• it's only a chore if you think of it as a chore
• find an "accountability partner" to track your progress
• schedule a regular time to check in with a friend or colleague
• rewarding your accomplishments encourages productivity
• give yourself a break, a treat, a nap -- whatever is a reward for you
• reward every step along the way, not just the end result
• the bigger the accomplishment, the bigger the reward
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