Procrastination: Causes and cures
Satisfaction vs distance
Enjoyment now vs great success someday?
Fear of success & fear of change
The only thing you have to fear, is fear itself
Fear of failure
Wasting time and the procrastination cycle
Time, it needs time... Scorpions 'Still loving you'
Self-discipline and attention problems
How to train your attention/concentration?
- Mentally count words in a book. Start with something easy like a paragraph and check, then make it harder counting a whole page, chapter...
- Count backwards in your head (if you find it too easy, count backwards in 3's or 4's, or whatever).
- Practice some form of meditation.
- Pick something you do quite often (maybe writing by hand, or with a computer) and try to be as attentive as possible of what you are doing. Try to make your writing clearer and cleaner, or type as swiftly and consciously as you can.
Willpower, what keeps you up when everything tells you should be down. Willpower should be used sparingly... If you are dieting, avoiding cakes is easier than having a cake in front of you and saying "No! No!". For work purposes, try to use it just when needed. If you are faced to tasks A and B, and both require some kind of impulse to get rolling, try to just apply it to the most important. As it is suggested in this Times article (free register required), if you are preparing for an exam and should clean up the house, better let go the cleaning and keep your willpower focused on studying.
This same article points out that some psychological studies suggest that willpower can be trained, just by keeping on doing something. An example given is brushing your teeth with your left hand for two weeks. Bizarre, but I have tried to teach my left hand and it really needs a lot of power to be put on. Use your willpower wisely, and if possible use it to train for concentration and attention!
perfection we can catch excellence.
Vince Lombardi (Image from Flickr)
Being a perfectionist may be a good thing... but can lead to elaborate and perfect solutions which never get done. "Too difficult. Why bother? I have already found a way to a solution". And then the deadline arrives and you carry just a small part of your perfect plan. Acknowledging this problem is the first step... the next is choosing which way to take. A perfect and beautiful solution, or looking for a not so perfect but also not so difficult solution? Just try not to come to a halt and do nothing.
Of course, the best answer to this dilemma is to try to work in that perfect solution and get as far as it gets. Rewards come then.
Lack of motivation
Negative thought train
- Change "I have to" with "I would like to".
- Change "Finish something" with "Start something".
In a forthcoming post I'll talk about several keys of time management to keep you out of procrastinating, and mostly, out of StumbleUpon, your mail application or your browser. Stay tuned!
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