Wednesday, October 10, 2018
From the Canadian online legal magazine Slaw.com:
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We procrastinate for good reason.
Surprisingly, when you reflect on the truth about why are you procrastinating and what needs to be done, procrastination can be transformed into productivity.
Here’s how this works.
Step one: Start by making a list of everything you are procrastinating about.
This first step is important. Instead of cluttering up your head with your list of stalled To Dos get them onto paper.
Step two: Review this list and choose your top three.
What are the top three items that need attention?
If you are having difficulty prioritizing, consider this: Which of these is going to have the biggest positive impact on you or on others when you get it done?
In many cases the things we procrastinate about are also important to us or others. This step of reviewing the list to pull out the top three items, is an important exercise in pausing to recognize what matters.
Step three: Choose one thing you are procrastinating on from your short list.
This is the one project on your list that would have the greatest positive impact on you or others when it is done.
This one thing now become your first action item to get started on. It is your top priority.
We often think of procrastination as wasted time, but that is not an accurate assessment. We aren’t wasting time, because when we are procrastinating we are choosing to put our time and attention on something else.
Procrastination is more like limbo. A state of trapped intentions. We are committed to something and now that commitment is on hold. The longer our action is suppressed the more the pressure mounts until finally the discomfort of inaction and fear of its consequences pushes us into motion.
To shift out of limbo faster, pause to take stock of the projects you are stalled on, develop your shortlist, and choose one action to carry forward.
Step four: Tell the truth to access your courage.
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