The Distractions & Procrastination category focuses on reducing procrastination and overcoming distractions.

The 6 Triggers of 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 [...]

What is Your Prime Time and Why Does It Matter?

When is your Biological Prime Time? AND, most importantly, why does it matter? Typically in my conversations with clients, we would discuss the time of day they feel most comfortable working on "mind intensive" tasks. Are they early birds or night owls or somewhere in the middle? Sam Carpenter, in his book Work the System, explains that your Biological Prime Time is when your [...]

Are You Charging Your Batteries or Zoning Out?

As I sit at my desk looking out at the sun hitting the lake, I realize I've been staring out the window for a while. AND ... by "a while" I mean about 15 minutes. Hmmmm ... probably not the most effective way to use my time this afternoon! I know - I could think of this as a way to recharge my batteries, [...]

What is the Cost of Procrastination?

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 [...]

What Do Parking Lots and Distractions Have In Common?

You know what it's like when emails, random thoughts, to-dos, and reminders pop into your head at the worst possible time. I have frequently written here about distractions and how to manage them, and here's another quick tip to remind you of my favorite method: the parking lot!   But wait - that's not all! I’ve created the SystemSavvy Consulting Parking Lot to [...]

How to Prepare for When “Life Happens”

What happens when your typical routine gets disrupted? Here's a scenario . . . You've created a consistent routine that works for you. You are able to keep up with email. You have arrived at the perfect balance of work and home. You can "breathe" throughout the day. In fact, you are feeling like a rock star! Then . . . life happens! The situation doesn't [...]

How to Fit Just “ONE” More Thing Into Your Day

How often do you say, "I'll do just one more thing before I leave for my appointment"? Or "I'll just finish up one more thing in the office before I end for the day"? Or "I'll do one more thing before I go to bed"? And, if you are a "one more thinger" . . . how often does it stop at ONE? Or [...]

#1 One Way to Eliminate All or Nothing Thinking

We've all been there. We set aside 2 hours to work on a BIG, IMPORTANT, AWESOME project, only to realize that there are only 15 minutes left of that 2 hour block.  So, we say, "I'll work on that tomorrow, I don't really have time to get into it today." Then tomorrow comes - and "life happens" - and again, you don't have time [...]