Who me, procrastinate?

Barking Up The Wrong Tree has a few things to say about procrastination.

He recommends “Dashes” and “Commitments.”

“DASHES: “…a dash, which is simply a short burst of focused activity during which you force yourself to do nothing but work on the procrastinated item for a very short period of time—perhaps as little as just one minute.”

A big part of procrastination is dread. The task seems terrible and overwhelming. And that’s the first issue that needs attacking: thosefeelings.

By breaking the problem down into smaller chunks — even comically small ones that require only 1 minute of activity — and doing just that one little thing, you prove to yourself the task isn’t insurmountable.”


“You know that rewards and punishments can be effective in building good behavior. You also know that if you were that disciplined with rewards and punishments you probably wouldn’t have a problem with procrastination…

This theory can still be the backbone of a very effective strategy — once you take that pesky “you” out of the equation.

Give your friend $100. If you get the task done by 5PM, you get your $100 back. If it doesn’t, you lose the $100.

Read the whole blog; itʻs a great reminder about getting tough and clear with ourselves, when we know a goal is worthwhile.

Iʻll see everyone in the Accokeek group on Monday, September 10! Letʻs see what we can do between now and then…



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