Monday, February 2, 2009
Seven steps to overcoming procrastination
* Procrastination is a big business killer
* Avoiding the job often takes up more time
* Grow your own: more Business owner
IF YOU'RE constantly leaving work to pile up on your desk, there's a very good chance you might just be on the avoidance treadmill.
Procrastination shouldn't be a long term strategy, but sometimes we all treat it as though it is.
It happens to the best of us. And we rationalise our action, or lack of action in this case, in so many ways.
The harsh reality is that procrastination is just a nice way of saying avoidance. Why do we avoid things? Simple - because we don’t enjoy them, or because they take us out of our comfort zone.
So instead of succumbing to the dreaded beast – try these tips for overcoming procrastination:
1. Be honest about why you are avoiding the activity.
Is it fear, is it that you don’t get on with someone, is it because you have to deliver bad news and you’re not sure how to go about it?
2. Commit to doing it at a certain time.
I usually do the things I'd prefer to avoid in the morning, so they are out of the way.
If you need to write yourself a script, do it. If you need to have absolute quiet, switch off the phones for a couple of hours. Whatever it takes – set yourself up for success.
4. Just do it!
5. Reward yourself when you are finished.
But only when you are finished. Go out for coffee afterwards, or just take a break.
6. Appreciate the feeling.
See how good it feels to get something done that would normally sit in your in-tray for ages.
7. Consider whether you should actually be doing this job.
There are some things that we just aren’t suited to, or that we don’t have the expertise for. If the things you avoid fall into this category, consider outsourcing them to an expert.