Combatting Productive Procrastination?
Do You Battle With Productive Procrastination?
Do any of these situations sound familiar? It’s coming up on the end of the work week. You have a huge deadline looming over your head. You know if you finish this project, you will feel so much better and can have a great weekend. You just *know* if you get started, you can get it done quickly and successfully. However, you just cannot get started. But what you are doing is everything else on your “to-do” list and with amazing speed and accuracy!
How about this? You need to fit a workout in today but instead of doing it at the beginning of the day, you fill up your day with errands and work. You do things you have been meaning to do for months! Let’s face it, you are putting off working out.
Why do we do this? I describe this condition quite often on social media. My tweet or post usually looks something like this, “I’m doing that thing where I do everything *except* what I really should be doing. Anyone else?” Then, the responses flood in. In a word, yes. Everyone else is putting off the inevitable right along with me. It wasn’t until my friend, who is an exceptional personal assistant by the way (let me know if you’d like to contact her), gave this disorder a name!
Productive Procrastination! You get so many other things done that have been stacking up on your list, how can it possibly be a bad thing? Now that we’ve identified this battle, what do we do about it?
Here are a few things that work for me (let me just say, if I don’t want to overcome PP because I’m in a mood, it’s just not getting done, am I right?)
- After you write your “to-do” list, prioritize it numerically by order of importance. You don’t have to rework the whole list, just put a big number 1 with a circle, star, whatever by it and go down from there!
- Set up a reward system for yourself. I really do this. Some days I just have to psyche myself up to do things! So I will set mini goals. If I get this much accomplished, I will give myself a 10 minute social media break. Or, once I finish this blog post, I’ll go out and grab a coffee. You get the idea.
- Find an accountability buddy. This doesn’t have to be anything formal. Sometimes I take my hubby to the coffee shop so I get more done. Or, schedule a Google hangout with someone and check on each other’s progress.
Yes, some of these sound very rudimentary but if it helps you get more done and have a better weekend, isn’t it worth it?