author of Wait But Why considers himself
To be a Master Procrastinator.
And he wants us all to know he doesn’t believe non-procrastinators exist.
In fact, Tim believes there are procrastinators X2. There are the one’s that claim they produce more under the weighted pressure of a deadline.
The others he claims, procrastinate in secret agony. No deadline. No timely accomplishment(s).
He doesn’t exactly say it this way, but since I’m not all that in agreement with Tim, I’m spooning it to you the way I am chewing on it myself.
Let’s define procrastination shall we?
The action of delaying or postponing something.
Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task which needs to be accomplished. It is the practice of doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, or carrying out less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones, thus putting off impending tasks to a later time. Sometimes, procrastination takes place until the “last minute” before a deadline.
Now, you can choose to agree or disagree with me on my next statement, but I believe if I am in the process of an action that delays or postpones any other action, I’m not procrastinating.
So…I don’t beat myself up.
I’m just doing something I want to do, as opposed to something I need to do.
I am not, not getting ANYTHING accomplished. I am accomplishing something even if it’s not what I need to accomplish.
In my book, there’s no harm, no foul, unless I could be serving my own interests better.
If I have the ability to ACCOMPLISH anything, I can use these same strategies to accomplish what needs doing too!!!
What are your thoughts on this???
Someone who spends time checking timelines on Facebook , napping on the couch, playing video games, binging on Netflix, looking through catalogues (one of my favorites), helping everyone else but themselves, repeatedly texting their friends, still watching daytime soaps or TV Land reruns are doing something!
There was a time when I was my own worst enemy too.
That was difficult to admit. But it would have been even more difficult if I still was.
First thing I had to learn was
“Stop Biting Off More Than I Could Chew!”
We may think that taking on a load of responsibility will help us get more done, because the burden will be too heavy to carry if we don’t. Nope!
I had to stop setting myself up to fail.
If deadlines are helpful, take on projects where a deadline is involved. Give your task an interesting name, and a prominent place on your schedule. Always, schedule a reward.
If no deadline, break projects down into smaller units.
Respect your time. Your time is important to you!
What can you easily get accomplished to the best of your talents, in the least amount of time?
I always reward myself.
Give yourself something to work towards —the future is very important here.
Living in the moment will only keep you stuck in the moment.
I always reward myself.
I always say: “Thanks Jen,” when I finish a project, especially when I’ve
There were times (still are) when this thing I needed to do was boring. Repetitive. Instead of choosing to get frustrated and stop doing it, I make a little game out of it. I also change something about the way I look at the project so that it looks more appealing to me.
How much can you accomplish in 20 minutes? All of a sudden, you’re in control and having fun. You’re in your groove. You are so involved in the flow of this project you don’t have time to procrastinate.
WOW! What a rush.
What can you change about your task (s) to make it (them) more appealing to your senses?
Accomplishment is my trigger. I like accomplishing things. I like the feeling I get from accomplishing my wants and my needs. Both!
I make choices I can live with even if someone else thinks they’re calling the shots. I choose how I will do it, when I will do it, and even why I’m doing it. I make it all about me doing it!
Do not force yourself to do anything. Do it because you want to. Make it fun and easy for yourself.
So…What will we give ourselves after we’ve completed something we need to accomplish today???
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