Sunday, October 07, 2007

Procrastination Tips

Procrastination, noun:
1. To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.
transitive verb:1. To postpone or delay needlessly.

Everyone procrastinates at some level, on some thing,
..... Yes, even me.
Though I do not let it last, drives me NUTS if stuff doesn't get done.

Here are seven quick tips that can help you get your stuff done:

1. Start your day with a lemon. Look at today's To Do list and choose the most sour (least desirable) thing you must do today, and do it first thing--before you do anything else. Once it's out of the way, the rest of your day will be sweet.

2. Set a limit. Work on a task you've been procrastinating on for a mere 15 minutes. At the end of the 15 minutes, if you then wish to keep going, keep at it. But if you wish to stop, that's fine too. Just set another 15 minute limit for this project tomorrow, the next day, and so on until it's done.

3. Fling it. Is the thing you're procrastinating on even worth doing in the first place? If not, fling it off your list and move on with your life.

4. Toss a coin. Procrastinating because you're not sure what decision to make? If you've looked at the situation or choices from all angles, and you still can't make up your mind, toss a coin and leave the decision up to fate.

5. Give it away. See if you can swap a task you don't want to do, with a task a spouse or friend doesn't want to do. Perhaps the opposite person's task will be much more enjoyable for you to accomplish--or at least tolerable.

6. Make it more fun. If you're procrastinating because the task ahead seems very dull and uninviting, make it more fun to do. Put on your favorite music, do it while enjoying your favorite tea, invite a friend over to help, do it outdoors in the fresh air and/or reward yourself for every 15 minutes you spend working on it. (I don't do anything unless it's fun)

7. Hook up with a non-procrastinator. Whether it's a spouse, co-worker, relative or friend, ask a non-procrastinator to help you get started on those things you're procrastinating on. Choose someone who has some backbone, and who will not give up on bugging you until your tasks are completed. In return, be sure to thank this person with a special dinner, a thoughtful gift or a task done in exchange.

OK, You've read the list.
Pick one task.
Get it done.
You will feel MUCH better!

What task are you procrastinating?


Anonymous said...

well angie

too many to count! LOL

SOUL said...

that all sounds like great advice...
i shall give it a shot..
hope you had a good monday.