Can I get back to you on that?
Seriously I believe most of us have three "to do" list.
1. Things I (have to) do. (If I don't I will lose something valuable)
2. Things I (want to) do. (Doing these things gives me pleasure)
3. Things I (need to) do. (One of these days if the mood strikes...)
Generally speaking if it's not on the first two lists it's not going to get done anytime soon. There are lots of folks thinking; "I (need to) clean out my garage." but that is not going to be as high on their priority list as paying their mortgage/rent or watching their favorite TV show tonight. We procrastinate based upon (our) priority lists.
Developing the self-discipline to postpone immediate gratification for accomplishing long-term goals separates a lot of successful people from unsuccessful people. Forcing yourself to do something you'd rather not have to be doing is hard work.
From a brain-function perspective, two of the tools that are often used with kids to build cognitive awareness of time are useful for anyone needing time management improvement:
1. Analog clocks (having one where you spend a lot of your time, or where you are working helps your brain see time as more finite and can help you use your time more consciously).
2. Lists and calendars, kept where you can see them.
Sometimes, if you lack the motivation to do things you are avoiding, your mind will still let you organize those things on paper, which can either help you over the hump, or at least keep those things visible and in-mind when you are over it.
Also, breaking down tasks into smaller parts with little rewards worked in can be really effective.
LOL! JThomp42....there's always a funny man in the crowd!
Oh how I hate to come face to face with one of my hugest faults. My only consolation is that I have not always been a procrastinator. In fact, quite the contrary. Until the last 10 years, I was the person who got things done. I had lists for my lists and i followed them. It was well-known if something had to be done well...and done yesterday..."Paula" was the gal to call.
Well so much for that wonderful asset since I retired. I have at least spent some time analyzing this horrible habit I seem to have fallen into...OMG.
Perhaps for the very reason I have just described, as in having been a take charge, assertive and organized person in both my personal and professional life for 50+ years: Me thinks that I have a sense of entitlement..sort of..in a way. Follow me, wiserworld?
I am actually allowing myself what I felt for years, is a pure luxury. No stress, slow down, relax and take it easy. I take it so easy I have relaxed myself under a mountain of THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE.
How do I deal with this nasty procrastination? I am humbled and open to any and all advice. You are the wiserworld. Help me.
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