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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Is Over-Thinking Leading to Procrastination?



"We can't all, and some of us don't. That's all there is to it." Winnie the Pooh (A. A. Milne)
 
What Came First: The Chicken or the Egg--Over-Thinking or Procrastination?

Okay, come clean. What's the thing you've been thinking you need to do you just haven't gotten around to doing?

Come on, you know what it is! It's the very thing that if you did it you could finally relax and feel good about just taking care of it.  It's that thing your mind has been working on overtime--over-thinking it or avoiding thinking about it. Either way the results are the same: You're left feeling antsy about something hanging over you.

The Anticipation is Killing Me!

The thing is, you know there is something on your mind that continues to show up for brief visits every morning, weekend or evening before it disappears as you return to your work, or other such distractions. And you also know, until you take care of it, it will continue to irritate you.

Years ago a cartoon featured the lovable cat, Garfield, considering the task of getting out exercising. He thinks, "I probably should get up and exercise, but my feet will start to hurt and my heart will pound. I'll get out of breath, start to sweat, and I won't be able to make it back home. Exercise isn't so bad," he says, "But the anticipation is killing me!"

Like Garfield, the thing you need to do probably isn't so bad, but the anticipation is killing you! That small first step could potentially have a large impact on your life so you over-think it. The anticipation leads to procrastination, killing your motivation to take a step.

Begin Simply, and Simply Begin

To overcome the inertia to taking the first step, begin simply, and simply begin! Consider Mark Twain's philosophy:
"Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day."
Brian Tracy in his book, 'Eat That Frog!', plays off Twain's quirky quip to create 21 ways to stop procrastinating. Tracy equates your 'frog' to your biggest, most important task, the one likeliest to have the greatest positive impact on your life---yes, the very THING we've been talking about!

Tracy goes on to lay down the first two rules of 'frog eating'



"If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first."

"If you have to eat a live frog at all, it doesn't pay to sit and look at it for very long."
Apply the Rule of Frog

Basically, the rule of frog says stop anticipating, and start each day by doing the most important thing that needs doing before you do anything else. Don't sit around thinking about taking that first bite of frog. Bite into the hardest, ugliest task you've been avoiding first thing in the morning -- and do it every morning.

Leap Frog Your Way to a Satisfying, Productive Life

Begin simply: make a short list of 'frogs'. Then simply begin to jump through those self-imposed hoops, leap frogging your way each and every morning to a more satisfying and productive life.


And don't leap over the obvious---sometimes the thing you're avoiding doing is NOTHING! Sometimes when you're life has been filled with hyperactivity doing nothing is the most difficult activity of all.

Why wait to get started? Jump in NOW.


Frogs to Eat First Thing in the Morning
Make a list of your frogs. Choose an ugly one.

Don't miss these ugly frogs:
  • Take time just for yourself.
  • Practice doing nothing.
Putting your self-care first can be a very ugly frog:
  • Make that phone call
  • Organize your office or home
  • Start that school application
  • Ask for Help
  • Organize your taxes
  • Make a doctor appointment. Put your self-care first.
  • Write a letter to that person in need
  • Start contributing  or increase the amount contributed to your retirement savings account.
  • Exercise
  • Find a new job
  • Research school options
  • Make and maintain contact with good friends
 
"Stay hungry. Stay foolish." Steve Jobs

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Burned Out? Take a 'Do-Nothing' Day


Had Enough? Take a Do-Nothing Day

Don't feel like:
  • Answering the phone or email?
  • Socializing?
  • Being creative?
  • Being productive?

Don't!

You know you work too hard and burn yourself out. Sometimes in order to rekindle that fire in your belly so you can be more productive and creative you need to stop and do nothing.

Nada.

Think about it--When was the last time you did nothing without feeling guilty about it? There's no day like today to enjoy doing nothing.



La De Da...Give it up for Your Do-Nothing Day

  • Lose the expectations
  • Give in to that nap
  • Un-schedule your time
  • Do stuff that contributes to no one
  • Be unproductive
  • Zone out
  • Waste your day

The only way to get the most out of your life and the best out of yourself is to regularly give yourself time to recoup your energy through the 'sit and do nothing' exercise. What are you waiting for? Go waste your time and enjoy doing nothing!


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