The karmic backlash for trying to overcome procrastination is the immediate onset of an excuse tsunami — a galvanized frontal assault of fabulous rationalizations. It’s tempting to cave in. Here’s how I handled a similar situation and bested it…
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Whoa. [Read more…]
As a self-employed single mom of two teens, my plate is constantly full. In the past I’ve typically used pressure to help me manage the demands.
Pressure Works But it Sucks
Pressure galvanizes my attention. It’s a hangover from cramming for tests. Unfortunately, like cramming, it has the same end result: things get done but nothing sticks.
- Pressure doesn’t cultivate excellence.
- It doesn’t change behavior.
- It perpetuates last-minute living.
- It’s an exhausting way to live.
A few years ago I started to categorize my tasks as pleasant and unpleasant. It was all tongue-in-cheek. Someone would ask, what are you doing today? I’d smile and answer,
“I have several things to do, some of which are unpleasant.”
I started writing a new post. Yay me. Then I made the mistake of reading one my early season posts on low Twitter counts. Uh-oh.
Useful or Not, Procrastination is Procrastination
Material good enough to post can always use more editing. It’s easy to spend time tweaking old articles. But let’s be honest — sometimes editing older material is a clever way to avoid generating something new. Useful procrastination is still procrastination.
When you’re editing,you’re being productive, right?
Not necessarily. [Read more…]