As I have said many times, my high-achieving clients often struggle with procrastination. I've been expanding my knowledge of this concept lately, and have found so many out-of-the-box ideas to overcome this habit. (Yes, it IS a habit.) Why do some people struggle more than others to start AND complete a task? Enter Neil Fiore, Ph.D, the author of The Now Habit, with the idea of [...]
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I recently shared Tim Pychyl’s 6 characteristics that make it more likely you will procrastinate on a task. One of the ways to lessen the amount of time you spend procrastinating is to flip those 6 traits from the negative to the positive. This strategy will work for MOST tasks, however sometimes, flipping it just isn’t enough. When this happens, try creating a procrastination [...]
A few months ago I had an interesting online discussion about procrastination and prioritizing (procrastination as reactive and prioritizing as proactive). According to Tim Pychyl, author of Solving the Procrastination Puzzle, everyone procrastinates. Different people procrastinate in different ways, and for different amounts of time. According to Salary.com, 31% of people admitted to consciously wasting an hour each day, and 26% admitted consciously wasting 2 [...]
I'm reading The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey and I LOVE this book! In fact, I'll probably be referencing it in a few blog posts over the next few months. One of the experts he quoted was Tim Pychyl, who said, "Everyone procrastinates." If that doesn't make you feel better about procrastinating, what will?! However, we all procrastinate in different ways, some more often [...]
Confess it - you probably procrastinate every day. Look at what you have written down in your note pad, journal, to-do list, or calendar. How many of those tasks have you started? And how many have you completed? The reasons we procrastinate are numerous. Maybe fear of success. Possibly fear of failure. Could be the task doesn’t align with your values and goals. Often, [...]
"Productive Procrastination" - a very real . . . and very sneaky . . . phenomena where you stay busy all day yet accomplish very little. Previously, I wrote a post entitled "Don't Confuse Progress With Motion" where I shared 5 tips on how to overcome Productive Procrastination. Periodically I'm updating some of these solutions; last time we talked about identifying your #1 task [...]
I was super excited and super honored when THE Sales Wizard, Hugh Liddle asked me to guest post on his blog. You see - he is a fabulous man, with a huge heart, and a ton to give to the sales community. To be able to share some of my insights on procrastination with his peeps is a pretty big deal for me. So [...]
How often do you procrastinate? Once a month? Once a week? Once a day? Once an hour? Today, I challenge you to NOT procrastinate at all!! Usually, I’m a believer in small steps (“cut your procrastination down in half” or “only allow yourself 60 minutes of procrastination today”), but today is Fight Procrastination Day – and I want you to celebrate in style. [...]
Alfred Montapert - "Don't confuse motion with progress - a rocking horse keeps moving but doesn't make progress." The web definition of procrastination is "the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or deferring an action to a later time." I define procrastination as doing ANYTHING other than the activity you defined as you #1 activity! Confusing motion with progress I call "productive procrastination". [...]
One of the most common challenges my high-achieving clients have is procrastination. Now, you may think that “high achieving” and “procrastination” shouldn’t be used in the same sentence . . . but it is true! Because of this, I’ve been doing a lot of reading on procrastination. What causes it? What are some strategies to overcome it? What makes it easy for someone to [...]