Are you a serial procrastinator? Or do you just want to better optimize your time during specific periods of the day? Well I’ve stolen the solution…
LifeHacker.com had a really epic article on creating new habits to overcome procrastination, but it 4 or 5 complete page scrolls long, which is quite a bit of text to get through. If you’re anything like me, I have very limited patience to sit an read a lot of text- essentially to make the best use of my time.
This Life Hacker’s article actually ‘stole’ the basic key points from a book by Neil Fiore called The Now Habit. It’s a book on overcoming procrastination at work and enjoying free time guilt-free. For the ease of your reading enjoyment, I’m now bringing you the key points of that LifeHacker article. Survival of the fittest text, if you may.
So I’ll dive right in…
What does it mean to be a procrastinator?
Procrastination refers to the counterproductive deferment of actions or tasks to a later time. Psychologists often cite such behavior as a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision (wiki).
If you wish you had more time
If there’s more you’d like to be doing and accomplishing during the day, but you just can’t seem to find the time… A good way to figure out how you can is to really know how you are currently spending your time. If you know exactly what you’re doing, you can better use your time moving forward.
How? Go old school and pick up a notebook and pen, or go hi-tech and use an iPhone app to help keep organized.
I personally use “Don’t forget the Milk” as a desktop, cloud based application. I also have it on my iPhone, but I often forget about it, which is highly inefficient.
Are you being a worry freak?
Just because you a worry doesn’t mean you’re automatically a procrastinator, but it can easily turn into that if you aren’t privy to what’s taking up time in your brain. Thinking can easily turn into worrying, and worrying can just as easily snowball into over-thinking.
In many cases, people worry that if they don’t get their act together, they’ll lose their job, people will find out they aren’t as competent as they thought or they’ll be a failure at something they really wanted to accomplish.
Don’t let worrying paralyze you. Conquer it by assessing the worry as though you were helping a friend in the down and out. You wouldn’t give your friend more to worry about or some ridiculous theories about what could go wrong. Instead you’d help her see how she could succeed even when it looks bleak.
Long story short, you need to be your own best friend, and not your worst enemy.
Calendars are epic organizational tools but they aren’t really much fun. They are really only optimized for work purposes. We rarely input anything in it other than for meetings, project deadlines and those rare epic events we don’t want to miss (like a Justin Nozuka concert or anniversary). But what if we organized our out-of-work time just as diligently as our work time. Sounds boring and nerdy at first, but imagine all the things you could accomplish if you actually had an idea of what you needed done on a day-to-day basis. A to-do personal folder helps too, but imagine knowing what to do via calendar alerts and having that offline to do file so you could really get things done. Holy goal conquering batman!!
Long story short, you need to think more about yourself and your well being than you do now. Don’t forget that your body is a machine that requires more than just fuel, also pleasure, entertainment and relaxation.
Now do yourself a favour and read the entire Life Hacker article here. That, and get started now. Like right now.