Stop Procrastination Today
Make it urgent.
What is work like for you the day before vacation? Most people I ask that question to describe a somewhat frantic, but super effective day of making quick decisions and getting work off your list.
I call this the “Day Before Vacation” phenomenon. It’s the experience of being totally focused on completion, incredibly resilient to challenges, optimistic and energetic. The funny thing is that nothing has actually changed. It’s still you at the same job, with the same work demands, but you are having a completely different experience. On that day you are focused on an exciting goal and you won’t let anything get in your way.
The reality is that we can create whatever experience we want, whenever we want. And when we do we can also create a sense of urgency – and that’s important.
Urgency is a healthy addition to any goal – it drives our energy and makes us want to resolve that stress. It’s like signing up for a ten km running race or charity walk. As soon as you commit you are out the door early in the morning for training runs and marking your calendar with workout dates. There is a sense of urgency that drives your behavior in a very positive way.
If I want to create some success at work I have to first have a goal. Once I have a goal (it has to be one that I want) I can feel the motivation welling up and the work becomes more engaging.
So, what can you do to create a sense of urgency in your work – as if you were going on vacation?
Don’t get sucked in.
Getting sucked into the email, interruptions and the paper shuffling vortex just means time and energy get wasted. You need to come to work ready to focus on only a few, but highly important, tasks.
I can easily get overwhelmed with my list of competing priorities, tasks, projects, phone calls, and writing. I want to get it all done, but without a plan I can feel defeated before I start. And this is when my procrastination voice starts to whisper, “it’s time to check your email.” Twenty minutes later I’ve accomplished nothing, feel even more deflated and I’m no further ahead. Sound familiar?
When this happens I am better to stop what I’m doing and revisit my ultimate priorities for the week. It’s like triage at a road side accident: we can’t do it all, so let’s get really clear about what we will do first, second, third, etc.
A few minutes adjusting my list can get me off the To-Do treadmill and onto work that really leverages my time. That’s being effective.
This isn’t positive thinking
Please don’t read this as a lecture on positive thinking. As much as I am a fan of being an optimist and seeing the best in you-this is about strategies. Sometimes it takes more than a positive outlook to change a pattern we have had for years.
Remember: this isn’t about perfect – it’s about gradual improvement that gets you more of what you want. To get immediate results commit to at least one of these strategies for a week and notice any change. If it works – stick with it, if not, move onto another solution.
Nothing succeeds like success, so start now to create more success for you by reducing your procrastination.
Copyright (c) 2013 Marathon Communications Inc. All rights reserved. (Used with permission)
Hugh Culver created the world’s most expensive tours (to the South Pole), started five companies, and consults to leading companies like Telus, Shoppers Drug Mart, Red Cross, and Bell. He is the author of Give Me a Break-the art of making time work for you.
Discover more tips on working smarter and living better in the age of distraction at http://www.hughculver.com
Article Source: Stop Procrastination Today
I hope you enjoyed Hugh Culver’s article. I suggest you not put off implementing some of his ideas so you too can avoid procrastination. I invite you to tell us what you think. Do you have any favorite ways to prevent procrastination? Are they different from what Hugh has listed here?
Wishing you well,
Daniel R. Murphy
Daniel R. Murphy
Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.