Start Procrastinating!

Posted on May 6, 2015

Start Procrastinating!

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“Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until
the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.”
~
Napoleon Hill~

You read it right. I said, “Start” procrastinating. Why? Because I’ve noticed that some of my most productive friends and colleagues are true procrastinators.  They fall into a type of procrastinators that I call “The Do-ers”. They simply Do what has to be done. Sometimes this comes with a cost. Basically they put off things that don’t serve their purpose, in order to be completely uninterrupted dong one thing at a time. They accomplish bigger, more important projects.

There are three types of procrastinators I’ve identified. As long as your type 3  you will get more done this month than you’ve done all year. Here’s the scoop:

Type 1 =  Excuse Makers.

These people do nothing to further themselves and make a ton of excuses. They surf the web, sleep in, socialize more than needed and claim to not have the time to even do their laundry. They are probably still living with their parents.

Type 2 =  The Organizers.

These people work on things that are less important, mostly small stuff. Perhaps they organize the house, do the laundry, write too many thank you notes, and get caught up trying to create the perfect environment or try to find the right time to work. Basically, they procrastinate on things that have zero chance of being mentioned in their obituary.

Type 3 = The Do-ers.

These people procrastinate by working on something more important. They value uninterrupted time and will put off little things in order to get the big stuff done. These people might have messy houses, or stacks of papers on their desk, but big stuff gets done and when they are done they either hire someone to take care of the small stuff, or they save it for down time.

BE WARNED:  the most dangerous form of procrastination is unacknowledged type-2 procrastination, because it doesn’t feel like procrastination. You’re “getting things done.” Just the wrong things. Organizers beware!

How to Start Procrastinating:

Make an immediate list of “small stuff” i.e.: laundry, cleaning, organizing, oil change, yard work, etc.  DO NOT do any of them for two weeks.

Make a list of immediate BIG STUFF  (that business proposal, the art you promised to start painting, the book you want to write, the revenue you need to create, the marketing projects you have not launched.etc.)

After you’ve made your BIG STUFF list pick one and get to it. Do not allow yourself to be distracted. Put aside big blocks of time  even if it means sitting at your desk and staring at a blank screen. Eventually you will write that book, or get that marketing project done, or art project or whatever. The key is to not do anything else, even if it means sitting in the room alone in fear. I promise the fear will shrink.  You will get started, do more, and finish projects quicker than if you fill your day with interruptions.

Need help or accountability?  Contact me and we’ll get it done!

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