Do You Procrastinate?

I think Benjamin Franklin has to be one of the original productivity guru’s. His quotes are productivity lessons in themselves.  So you can imagine I really enjoyed the article from the Business Insider that includes 14 action lessons from Mr. Franklin.  One of his more famous quotes “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today” refers to procrastination.  Occasionally I have said procrastination can be a good thing especially in those situations where waiting actually allows you to gather all the pieces you need or sometime leads to not having to do the task at all. However when procrastination becomes a habit it definitely can cut into your productivity.

The  ‘5 Counter-Intuitive Productivity Tips’ from the Swift To-Do List Blog that I talked about last week had a good tip to help with the procrastination habit; Schedule the fun stuff first and then only work between those blocks of fun time.  According to the blog author Jiri Novotny, ‘this way, your reptile brain won’t feel threatened when you want to do the work, because it will know that the fun is guaranteed.’ Jiri says this tip comes from the book ‘The Now Habit (A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play)’ by Neil Fiore, Ph.D. Neil’s definition of procrastination is a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision. I really like the insight and the tools Neil Fiore presents not just to overcome procrastination but to help with productivity as well. From self-talk to three tools for overcoming blocks to action, Neil’s suggestions offer tips and tools even for those of us who don’t make a habit of procrastinating.

I came across an interesting interview with David Allen author of ‘Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity’.  In the interview David says “The whole planet is unproductive; it’s just that technology is making it more obvious.” David goes on to suggest people are letting themselves be distracted by technology because they are not clear about what they are doing or where they are going. The more I think about that the more I understand my own productivity or at times lack thereof.

Productivity is a measure of how much – work, time, effort, money, or energy – you have to put into something to get the desired outcome. For more tips and tools on how to get more productive please visit Blue Collar Consulting Inc. at http://www.bluecollarconsulting.ca/.

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About Janet, doing it better.

I grew up and still reside in Northern Alberta. While I have numerous interests I am passionate about the Peace River region, its innovation, its people, and the creative spirit that envelopes us all.

Posted on May 9, 2012, in productivity and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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