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January 10th, 2010 at 04:51 pm

I REALLY need to lick my procrastination problem this year. So how about some good suggestions from you people?

It is so true - the payoff from procrastination is immediate and always good. But the payoff for hard work is delayed and not quite as certain. I do get immediate payoff from simple but critical tasks completed, ESPECIALLY when completed early, but still I find myself avoiding them. And as for the hard tasks...don't ask!

I came here because I realized by far my favorite mode of procrastination was the Internet, and at least here I can hopefully use the Internet productively.

OK, off to do some work for a while! Smile

6 Responses to “ making me wait.”

  1. crazyliblady Says:

    If you find yourself needing to do a big project that's not too pleasant like at work, break it down into small, measurable, and easier-to-achieve pieces. Perhaps get a calendar or planner and make a note that you need to work on X project for two hours or a certain amount of it. When you finish a significant part or the whole project, reward yourself with a nice cup of tea, coffee, lunch out, etc. to keep momentum going for future projects. I started my current job at least 15 years behind. I am still behind, but it's a lot better than it was because I did just this.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I argree with crazyliblady...break the goal down, do parts of a project for short periods of time. What are you procastinating? Maybe we could give more specific ideas.

  3. homebody Says:

    Read Getting Things Done by David Allen, which basically is what crazyliblady and creditcard are saying. But reading the book tells you how to do it and I found it very helpful. I reread it once in a while just to keep myself in line!

  4. ralph Says:

    Thanks, everyone! homebody, I've read that book about 12 times! So far it hasn't taken. I do really enjoy it, so maybe the 13th time is a charm. Actually it caused me to go on email cleanup kicks, but that is a neverending job!

    And I got a lot done today, but there is still an awfully lot left undone!

  5. lizajane Says:

    I'll have to get back to you later with suggestions....LOL, couldn't resist!

  6. homebody Says:

    Well geez that was my best advice. You are obviously hopeless! Ha ha. Glad you got some things done.

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