Define the problem On side one of the 3x5 write down something that you have been putting off. –Why? On side two of the 3x5 card write a list of 3 important things that you need to get accomplished within the next week.
Cognitive Distortions Overestimating the time available / time it will take to do a project. –"I don't need to start, because I have three weeks to get this done." Overestimating Motivation. –"I will feel like doing this tomorrow." Requiring the right mood. –"I will be better at this on Wednesday when I am fresh."
Internal Reasons There are many internal reasons why we procrastinate among these are –Perfectionism –Fear –Disorganization.
Perfectionism Perfectionism is a refusal to let yourself move ahead. It is a loop — an obsessive, debilitating closed system that causes you to get stuck in the details of what you are writing or painting or making and to lose sight of the whole.” Julia Cameron
Remedies for Perfectionism Therese Borchard, author, gives the following advice: Remove yourself from the competition. –Everything is not about gauging yourself against the performance of others. Do a reality check. –Being good at something is not the same as being the best at everything.
Remedies for Perfectionism Return to your exodus moment. –Find those moments where you have experienced real success, free from the stuff that doesn’t really matter. Show your weakness/celebrate your mistakes –Polish them off and make reality a habit. Add some color. –The world isn’t black and white, tolerate sloppiness, and ambiguity.
Fear Fear of disappointing others Fear of failure Fear of success –Success brings changes to our surroundings and the possibility of rewriting ourselves.
Remedies for Fear Write it down. (Keep a Journal) Identify rational fears vs. irrational fears Take active steps to plan strategies to remediate fear. Seek help
This… Moscow Sadovoye Koltzo (ring road) in October 2007:
vs. this… Dalian province district traffic director
Remedies Planning –To do lists –Work Backwards Clearly identify your end goal Write everything down you need to accomplish. Brain storming. Organize it in a time sequence Set goals, time lines, progress checks.
Remedies Break things into parts. Then, track your progress.
Remedies Do Something “This proposal concerns the management of general information about accelerators and experiments at CERN. It discusses the problems of loss of information about complex evolving systems and derives a solution based on a distributed hypertext system.” Tim Berners-Lee, CERN March 1989
Grande-Vallee Quebec to Passage East Ireland 2600+ miles, 8 years
Persevere Tourism Ireland took note of the story and offered the women a free weeklong trip to the Emerald Isle. A spokesperson from the tourist bureau said the women will travel to the small town to meet the recipient of their message and retrieve their bottle next year. Note Note Charlaine Dalpé and Claudia Garneau