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.”

Then, COMMITMENTS: 

“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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