Tag Archives: procrastination

Laughing at procrastination

This is the most concise and humorous explanation of procrastination I have found. It’s brilliant.

If you struggle with procrastination, read the two-part article. It describes the cycles that trigger procrastination AND how to thwart a “procrastination distraction” during your worktime.

(If you want suggestions to overcome the “hardest part” of the cycle, skim through “The Willpower Instinct” book by Dr. Kelly McGonigal.)

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

#lynnselwa #therocketsciencecoach #trsc #procrastination #timurban #leveragedsales #partyplan #directsales #networkmarketing #mlm

Two controversial ways to break procrastination

I procrastinate.

When I do, I typically am behaving in one of two typical ruts:

Rut #: I promised myself some fun, and I didn’t follow through. “After I finish _(work or tasks)_______, I’ll watch that episode/movie.” … but I keep adding to the task list and pushing off the reward.

Rut #2: I procrastinated so much that after I finished the critical tasks of the day, I didn’t have time to watch the movie. (This mode usually arises after several days in a row of Rut #1 and getting to bed after midnight.)

Regarding Rut #1… this is a pattern of working a whole lot, whether on my business, household upkeep, or assorted personal needs.

To correct this imbalance I decide on a length of time to work and an amount of time to do as I please. I write these on paper  (such as, Work 30 minutes, then 5 minutes to do non-work of my choice).

I set a timer and let IT be the determination of when I work and when I’m doing as I please. A timer takes away the distraction of  watching the clock, and it will alert me if I’m deeply concentrating. It’s the fair third-party “referee.”

When the timer chimes, if I choose to keep working, I decide on a new time, reset the timer, and on paper I also add that same amount of time onto the pause. AND I set the timer to control the amount of time I’m doing non-work, too. For example, I start with a written agreement to work 30 min and have Me-Time of 5 minutes. If I end up working for 45 minutes, I then immediately receive 35 minutes of Me-Time.

After several days of this timed behavior, I typically am willing to work longer times at a stretch (up to 90 minutes, which seems to be my willing upper limit) and require a break of 15 minutes maximum. That’s a ratio of 3: 1 (work time to “Me-Time”)

Rut #2 is a different animal. In this mode, most of my time is occupied with time “off”, usually with rebellion behavior (escape behavior such as mindlessly scrolling through social media).

When I realize I’m in Rut #2, I think very hard: what activity would REFRESH me, not just entertain me or let me “escape?” I know I find a worthy answer when I feel happy and excited about the activity. I then set aside time directly after breakfast (or as early in the day as reasonable) with a large (hour or more) block of time to do precisely that. This is what I nickname the “Fun First” approach.

When you procrastinate, are you working too much and pushing off the fun (Rut #1), or are you doing rebellion activities (Rut #2)?

Be aware of which pattern you typically slide into.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

#lynnselwa #therocketsciencecoach #leveragedsales #networkmarketing #directsales #partyplan #mlm #procrastination

Two disciplines to break procrastination

More and more, I am realizing that most of my procrastination behavior comes from broken promises to myself.

In that light, many business coaches talk about a common “get started” technique, including Teresa Romain.

I’m pretty disciplined about using it.

However, she addresses the second little-known discipline… which I frequently flunk.

I had an “A-ha” moment when I read her post! She describes the key you might be missing.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

#lynnselwa #therocketsciencecoach #procrastination #discipline #twodisciplinestobreakprocrastination #leveragedsales #networkmarketing #mlm #directsales #partyplan #distributor #getstarted

 

Feeling stuck? Here’s one way to get into action

What if I could show you a way to break out of procrastination and get into action?

(Hint: it has to do with the number “one.”)

Watch Eric Worre’s video for the tip.

(He also describes a reason why he recently felt stuck in procrastination… I too experienced that effect last week! I can relate!)

I also use other techniques to ease myself out of procrastination. See the “Pick Your Ick” post, in particular.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

#lynnselwa #therocketsciencecoach #pickyourick #procrastination