Procrastination. It is one of my most annoying characteristics. I find all sorts of ways of wasting time or delaying doing something that I don’t really want to do. Therefore, I have become lazy. But I am sure that I am not alone.
I have promised myself that I will become more focused in 2017. When I was in Sales, January was always a time to exhale, review the prior year and plan for future success. Fresh start. I need to do this in my personal life.
- Make Decisions. Sounds simple doesn’t it. My perfectionist soul inhibits my decision-making ability. Why? Because I always think that “something better might come along”. It can be anything: job, trip, an app for this blog, kitchen appliance, etc. I’m afraid that I will make a poor choice so I stall and do nothing. So nothing get accomplished. Procrastination at its finest. I am driving myself crazy. It has to stop.
- Get Organized. But the only way to do this (for me) is to set goals and log them in a calendar. I am a scatterbrain. Not a dumb person, just a distracted one. I allow myself to wander too much. Yet since I am actually a goal-oriented person, I should become more focused and be able to increase my productivity if I create daily/weekly objectives. As a result, I would expect increased satisfaction.
- LIMIT screen time. Playing Ipad games is my dirty little secret. In the past, this was a way to rest my over-active and exhausted brain. But now, it’s a procrastination technique. The one that I play most is Hayday. It’s a game that hooks you in by continually putting forth new objectives. But the main reason I still play, is that I belong to a community where I can chat with friends and compete in a team “derby” where we complete tasks and win virtual prizes. And I am compelled to feed my virtual animals with virtual feed and harvest my virtual plants. Plus I am proud of my how pretty my virtual farm is with its virtual decorations. Weird, I know.
- Continue Personal Learning and Development. I have been taking a social media certificate at a local college which has armed me with basic knowledge and skills. Taking it to another level requires practice and the acquisition of complementary skills like photography. One might call these “hobbies” but I see these skills as a means to an end.
My Challenge Words
I am motivated by some of the posts and blogs I am reading. A key one was posted on BlogShareLearn https://elenaopeters.com/2016/12/29/word-for-2017-simplify-whats-yours/. Laura E. Paul talks about selecting a challenge along with a word that represents it. For me, I’m choosing the word FOCUS and I am borrowing Nike’s motto “JUST DO IT“.
Don’t overthink, don’t over-analyze, don’t worry, stop the procrastination. Just focus and get “s***” done.
Will I Stop the procrastination?
I have been scouting some tools that can help me move the ball forward. This is something that I will complete in the next couple of weeks. In March, I will revisit this post to see if I have made progress.
See, it’s in my calendar.