Here are the BEST tips I’ve ever heard about how to deal with Procrastination.
If you are really well organised, get things done in a timely manner, and do NOT have a huge undoable list called: “LIST OF THINGS TO DO”, then don’t waste your time reading this.
Procrastination………I am really well qualified to write on this topic, because I have been known to not only have a list of things to do, but in that same list I have even written ‘ ‘read this list’. I mean to say …….
I am happy to report that I am getting over this ‘List Addiction’
If this strikes a cord with you, then I have discovered the best hint ever. I am not kidding; this has really helped me….
Procrastinate no longer.
We are nearly all aware these days of the importance of goal setting. You may have heard about the recent Harvard study which researched the effects of goal setting on a class of young men, a generation ago and then now. Many of them wrote down very clear goals, the rest of them didn’t. I don’t think I need to spell out the outcome 40 years later….
So you probably have goals, I hope you do; and have even written them down. We know that goal setting and being very focused about our dream is crucial. But while you are busy, busy with a list of ‘Things To Do’, a list often of trivial things, you are not really focussing at all.
So the BEST hint for Procrastinators? This is it. From today’s list of things to do…PRIORITISE, look at those tasks and put them in order of importance. Start with Number 1 and do it until it is done. Then and only then can you allow yourself to move on to Number 2.
Prioritise…what does that really mean? It means put at the top of the list the MOST IMPORTANT things that will lead you towards your goal.
And all those silly little tasks you put on your list that are easy to do, and that don’t move you directly towards our goal, down to the bottom of the list they go. It means things like, don’t go checking your emails every 5 minutes to see if something new has arrived, no nipping out for a coffee every so often, instead of doing another task.
It means doing the important things and NOT the ‘urgent things’. It means not jumping to fill in a survey that was sent to you, or fixing up something for the person who shouts the loudest. It means not putting off something that seems a bit uncomfortable…Just GET ON WITH IT. Once you start, then you will see what the next step will be.
Here is Another great tip.
If a 2 minute job (or less) pops up…DO IT NOW. That’s it, that’s all. Don’t even bother putting it on the ‘TO DO’ list. All you will do is look at it over and over again. Just finish it straight away, so that it doesn’t take up valuable space in your head.
Now you will have some time to really work on getting clear about your goals.