Procrastinating is something we all do; it’s one of those things you’re not proud of. You look at your long list of important tasks and all of a sudden it’s time to pet the cat or take the dog for a walk. Don’t you wonder where that comes from?
In order to stop procrastinating, you have to rethink what you’re doing. You may have heard these things before but so what.According to Psychology Today, “For some, the very thought of taking a responsible path—where self-care includes “grown up” tasks—threatens to squelch vitality, and foreclose the boundless possibility associated with youth.”
- Deadlines are your friend. Instead of a long list of things to do, just note in your reminder the day something has to be done. Now you don’t have a choice or anytime to worry about it.
- Do the hard stuff first. It’s not really hard, you’ve just decided it is. Maybe it takes a lot more time to get it done or you just don’t like it. It reminds you of homework.
- Stop telling yourself lies. You know the ones that things aren’t really important and what you do doesn’t matter. Whatever you do should always matter to you.
- Get off Facebook–you know if you added up the time you spent on there you could probably get way more done. It is a time waster. Lonely? Call a customer.Your imaginary friends with the perfect lives will still be there in a couple of hours.
- Decide what to do with your emails. I read them once, twice and three times for good measure and leave them in my inbox–that’s crazy.
- Start anywhere. Sometime starting is half the battle. Just start writing and fix it as you go along.
- Okay, so you’re not perfect. Suppose it isn’t perfect so what? And perfect by what standards? I used to get criticized because I didn’t do things perfectly. At one point I realize that getting it done was where I could shine. So if it wasn’t perfect I could fix it. I’ve noticed that many things online aren’t perfect and they’re written by ‘supposedly perfect people.’
Pretend you like getting things done; my mother said it’s good for you!
Lisbeth Calandrino has been an author and speaker for over 20 years. To have her speak at your business, connect with her–Lcalandrino@nycap.rr.com.
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