Summary of Time article.

1. Do the worst thing first
As you have a limited supply of will-power, start on the baddest not the biggest job.

2. Start your day over at 2pm
At 2 p.m. every day, assess how much you’ve accomplished, remind yourself of what’s critical, and start another morning at 2pm on your most important task (with a second obligatory morning coffee too).

3. Make the job smaller
If you’re seeing the forest and forgetting that it’s made of trees, start by cutting down one tree. And if you can’t cut a whole tree, cut three branches. Instead of being disheartened by how much you can’t do, look at how much you can.

4. Create an audience
Make yourself accountable to a friend and suddenly potential embarrassment becomes a powerful motivator.

5. Race the clock
Set a timer for 10 minutes, work in a focused, perhaps even frantic manner for that short stretch, and watch what happens. Once a sense of satisfaction replaces the dread you felt before, there’s a decent chance you’ll continue.

6. Don’t interrupt yourself
Usually it’s not other people aren’t interrupting you; you are interrupting yourself. By using software blocking applications you can employ technology to break free from it

7. Plan an unprocrastination day
Gather your most neglected tasks and head off on an odyssey of productivity, vowing not to return home until your long ignored to-do’s are done

Read the full article here.

  • David Murray (Isle of Lewis)

    I was tempted to procrastinate from reading this when I saw the title!

  • Lora

    I am printing this out! We instinctively know these strategies but laid out so nicely like this gives me no more excuses to avoid that big to-do list. Off to work!

  • Gordon Woods

    Procrastination is sheer adreneline. To use a sports analogy, its winning the game at the last opportunity: in baseball, it is scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 9th; in football it is scoring the winning field goal or touchdown as the game clock shows zero. Procrastination is also the great to-do list scrubber. Many items never get completed because they were never needed to be done in the first place. Time solves many things. But for somethings, things which shouldn’t be on a to-do list, there must not be procrastination. Tell those you love that you love them and show your love beyond words. Hold your four month old great-granddaughter in your arms, talk to her and be blessed by her smile. Oh! and don’t forget to talk often with our heavenly Father to let him know your needs. With age, I’ve found that what is truly important takes so much time that I have a very short to-do list.

    • David Murray

      That’s a great insight, Gordon. Thanks for your contribution.

  • Mark

    Not bad! Thanks so much for sharing this, David.

    I especially like #2 :)

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