Overcome Procrastination Using 3D Thinking

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 [...]

A List for Everything – Even Procrastination!

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

All This White Space Scares Me!

One of the basic time management principles is to schedule about 50% of your day  - leaving the other 50% unscheduled to allow you to handle emerging priorities.  Of course, this is a guideline; depending on your life you may choose to schedule more or less than 50%. One of my clients recently shared with me that he really struggles with what to do [...]

How to Work With Deadlines

"I know I procrastinate, but it's for the benefit of my clients.  You see, I do my best work under pressure."  Have you ever said (or thoughts) something similar to this? Today, I'm going to fulfill a promise I made a few weeks ago and talk more about procrastination.  (You can read the earlier posts here.) Let's look closely at the myth, "I work [...]

How to Benefit From a Productivity Buddy

I organized the Tupperware this morning. It started with throwing together a couple of ingredients so I could marinate chicken for tonight. But before I could do that, I needed to empty the dishwasher. Then I noticed the Tupperware shelf was messed up, so I fixed that. Then I went looking for a Ziploc bag, and wouldn't you know it, that cupboard could use [...]

Stop Procrastination – with AWE!

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, [...]

Schedule Your Procrastination

"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 [...]