Maintain your old Siemens Hipath system

Procrastination

Allow me to start this with a quote:

To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing. ~Eva Young

"I'll do it tomorrow". Does this sound familiar? Getting something done is easy when it is something we enjoy. Unfortunately, we all have lots of tasks that we don't particularly enjoy. Even when a thing simply must be done, almost all of us are pretty good at coming up with excuses for putting them off:

· So I'm getting a little over-weight! Who isn't?

· I'm just not in the mood right now.

· I'll go for a run tomorrow, the weather isn't that good today.

· I've got plenty of time to get it done.

· What's the point, I'll just have to do it all over again in two days.

· It's not like they can't do it without me.

· I'll leave it until the day before. I work better under pressure.

Do any of the above points sound familiar? I'll bet you can add a few to the list without too much trouble! I know it sounds funny when you look at the issue like this but the trouble is procrastination wreaks havoc in most of our lives.

Why do we procrastinate?

Some reasons are easy to spot but others are not so obvious:

· some things just aren't fun!

· we are uncomfortable about doing some things (e.g. preparing a speech)

· we don't feel up to the job

· we are angry that we have to do it in the first place

· we have had a bad experience in the past

What can we do to procrastinate less?

Okay, this is a tough one to kick-start because the first inclination of most of us is to put it off. That's my idea of a joke J. Procrastination is simply a habit. Like most habits, we tend not to notice them (our own at least) most of the time. One way to break the habit is to replace it with another one. A good habit to replace it with is to examine your reasons for putting things off when you catch yourself doing it. Most of the time the excuse you were using to procrastinate just won't stand up under examination. If you have to, make a list of the pros and cons of doing vs. not doing the thing you are procrastinating on. I'd be willing to bet that a good percentage of the time you will just get on with the task.

There is a trap here!

Try not to put yourself down when you are examining why you procrastinate. Negative reinforcement is depressing and leads to bad self-image. There is nothing to be gained by telling yourself you are lazy or you are stupid or you aren't capable of doing something. It is self-defeating. Instead, list the positive things about getting it done straight away. Look at how it will make you feel if you get the job done. Examine how others will see you in a more positive light. Consider how much more you will enjoy your leisure time when you know you have your jobs done. Realize how much grief you will save yourself by being proactive. In short, focusing on the positive aspects will have a much more motivating impact on you.

How can we make things easier?

Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Perfection is difficult to achieve at the best of times. Most often it is not only unnecessary, but counter productive. The law of diminishing returns comes into play here. Do the job well and get the result. Don't shoot for perfect unless there is a reward equal to the effort.

Get you goals and priorities straight

Be clear about what is the most important thing to get done and do that first. Leave the less important stuff for last. It is far more motivating to know you have the hard or important things completed. Once you have the job broken down it is easy to prioritize.

Break the job down

Tackle the job in bite-sized pieces. Don't take on more than you can get done in the time you allocate. This guarantees that you feel good at the end of the task because you have completed it.

Reward Yourself

Make sure that when you get a job done you give yourself a pat on the back. Reward yourself in some way for accomplishing what you set out to do. It gives you something to look forward to.

Let me generalize a bit. The thing is, we are all built pretty much the same way. A carrot is better than a stick even though they can both accomplish the same thing. But what is more motivating? What make you more likely to tackle the job at hand? If you like carrots and you associate the jobs at hand with getting a carrot at the end, you are less likely to procrastinate.

I started with a quote so let's finish with one I really like:

Procrastination is something best put off until tomorrow. ~Gerald Vaughan

Ron Hughes is CEO of Adapt Information Technology, one of the longest standing Internet businesses in the world. He is also a public speaker and frequent contributor of articles on a variety of subjects. Ron welcomes your comments at mailto:74129@mailin.wowgroups.com.

Visit http://www.wowdesk.com for information on how to have your own secure, personal office on the Internet.

The Hughes Boys ? http://www.getexperts.com

In The News:


Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://feeds.skynews.com/feeds/rss/world.xml:1: parser error : Document is empty in /home/infob/public_html/includes/rss.php on line 2

Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /home/infob/public_html/includes/rss.php on line 9


tikatoshop.it

Erfahrungen mit Pallhuber Wein
Agen Bola SBOBET Terpercaya

Travel in comfort and at your leisure with CT Airlink Limousine & Car Service for top quality private transportation and exceptional customer service. We operate Sedans, SUVs & Vans for CT Car Services to covering all Connecticut airports including Car Service from CT to Newark Airport , Mohegan Casino Uncasville CT, Foxwoods Casino Mashantucket CT, Manhattan Cruise Terminal NYC, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal NYC and Bayonne Cruise Terminal NJ. CT Airlink hire licensed and friendly chauffeurs who have in-depth knowledge of the Areas.

Mountain-Moving Momentum

It can be challenging to think about going to the... Read More

Dismantle Self Imposed Limits

Round about us is an invisible box that we have... Read More

Taking Responsibility

Taking action about our current station in life involves taking... Read More

Get Up and Do!

The motivation to change my oil came the other day... Read More

Three Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself Today!

Are you having a hard time getting things done? Are... Read More

A Surfing Lesson

I've never surfed in my life. Sometimes people tell me... Read More

Why Do 9 Out of 10 People Never Live Their Dreams?

When we were kids we all had dreams. There were... Read More

Mr. Smith, Please Enter the Dream Room - Dream Big Dreams to Do Big Things!

Enjoy a great quote to start off this fantastic week!"All... Read More

7 Hot Tips For Self Improvement Part 2

Self Improvement Tip 4 Don't procrastinate! The more you put... Read More

Our Life ? Our Choice

OK, maybe that's a bit of an overgeneralization but it... Read More

Let It Fly Over Your Head

Sarah Watson is a young woman who contracted HIV eleven... Read More

Are Your Dreams A Day Late And A Dollar Short?

One of the greatest challenges facing our ever intensive quest... Read More

Your Most Important Opportunity says a top UK Personal Development Coach

For some people this article will turn out to be... Read More

ACTION is More Important than Knowledge!

It was Albert Einstein who stated that 'imagination is more... Read More

Live Life with Gusto

Life is a gift; live it with gusto everyday. Don't... Read More

Head First: 6 Simple, Must-Do Steps to Achieving Extraordinary Results!

What important goal have you set for yourself? What is... Read More

The Downward Spirals Of Life - Top Ten Steps For Freeing Ourselves From

Some people call them vicious circles or cycles. I prefer... Read More

The Story Of A King And Three Maidens ? Six Keys To A Successful Relationship

A King was trying to choose between three maidens to... Read More

Its Not Your Fault

Have you ever wondered what's really holding you back from... Read More

Going The Extra Mile

There is one sure way to get what you want... Read More

Bold Action: Living in the Moment

Reality show audition...I did it!What an experience, a day and... Read More

Say It Aint So

For years, many of us heard the phrase "Knowledge is... Read More

Hurry Up And Procrastinate

I've been meaning to write this column, but I keep... Read More

Harnessing the Power of the Unknown: Move from Repeating the Past to Re-inventing the Future

The Unknown - it is scary territory for many, something... Read More

Motivating Yourself To Take Action Daily

Daily action towards a goal is the fastest way to... Read More