How To Procrastinate

A year from now you may wish you had started today.  ~Karen Lamb

How to procrastinate:

1. Determine that you want to get something accomplished

2. Get stressed out and worried that you won’t do it perfectly even though you know perfection is an unreasonable standard

3. Become overwhelmed by the enormity of your goal and don’t take any action toward accomplishing what you want and do something totally different and irrelevant instead

How not to procrastinate:

1. Determine that you want to get something accomplished

2. Be willing to make mistakes, learn and try again

3. Break up your goal into the many simple mini tasks that it really is and take action –no matter how small or imperfect that action might be. Keep taking action until the mini task is complete, then take on another simple mini task and another. Take planned mini breaks and celebrate your accomplishments. Even five minutes of good effort toward your goal and 7 hours and 55 minutes of celebrating is more productive than 8 hours of dread, panic and avoidance.

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  1. September 13, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Awesome! I always have to become aware of myself when my body starts to use avoidance. I have to mentally think the Nike slogan, “JUST DO IT!”

  2. September 13, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    I love the Nike mantra! And if you find there are days when “just do it!” seems overwhleming, reach for the mantra “just do (half of) it!” it will help you avoid the “aw forget it!” mantra, lol.

  3. October 26, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Emiko – – I absolutely love that part where you say “even 5 minutes of productivity followed by 7 hours and 55 minutes of celebration is better than 8 hours of dread.” That is so true, and just an awesome way to look at it. Keep rockin’ . . .

  4. October 26, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Thanks Brennan! Glad you liked it 🙂

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