The Pain of Procrastination
This year has gone by so quickly even with all the challenges and ‘new’ world issues to navigate. In many ways, its noisier than ever, especially for those who’ve never worked from home OR suddenly find themselves with lots of other people around during the day.
One of the effects of all this is Procrastination. Worse than ever for some. I’ve been challenged here too, as the days seem to whiz by and yet not all are ‘wins’. Some days I feel as if nothing has happened even though I’m exhausted by days end! How could that be? Taking a hard look at it and reorganizing has helped greatly. And then a friend of mine sent over a video which added some wonderful insights. I’ve been sharing with some of my groups so I thought I’d share with you too.
One thing I’ve noticed is that in some ways its harder to focus. I mean, if the world is falling apart, why work?? Actually, we need to work and stay on purpose now more than ever.
Thankfully my clients are doing just that. But what about those who aren’t supported or have clear KPI’s? How do we know we’re making progress?
Here are 3 ways to do just that:
- My personal technique is time-chunking. By breaking the day into bits of 1-4 hours (depending on the task), I know what I’ll be up to on a given day an dhow to use my energy to its optimum. Monday’s are for working ON the business, the remainder of the work is split between clients, projects, other revenue streams and content creation. It’s important to keep my current deliverables in mind or nothing would ever get done! This has been my best tool for time management for awhile now. My calendar reflects this as well.
- Next is one Jack Canfield shares in his Success Principles book. He creates different days for preparing, for executing, for creating new ideas and days designated for rest and recharging. Some people really like the way their week flows when they work this way.
- The third way is to design your week to flow with your energy. You may be high energy in the morning so tasks that require more of you are good to do then. Or as one person shared, they like to make calls after lunch when their energy is lower… or you may be the one who likes to make calls when energy is high (like me too) so that’s in the morning. If you hate Monday’s then that’s a good day to do things you enjoy and won’t ‘tax’ you. Ease into the week slowly.
In short, you’ve got to take that Procrastination Bully by the horns and wrestle it to the ground!!
As those who are self employed or leading small businesses, its imperative that we stay on track and adapt our time and tools that will allow us to be our best. Our brand and business depend on effective habits, so see what you think about creating something new that will allow you to Be even better than before!
I’d sure love to hear about your hacks for procrastination, so please share… And keep up your own Unforgettable Journey!
p.s…For those who wish to explore further, who are ready to design a new map to future possibilities…please let me know… I’m here to help.
Branding Specialist and Strategic Planner, J. Winslow brings decades of solid experience to each project and leader she interacts with. Clients range from non-profits such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, to Madison Avenue Biggies including: Women’s Day Magazine, Cover Girl and Elizabeth Taylor. She also enjoys working with TEDx speakers and students ready to leverage their own brand stories. Learn more here…