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  • Are you REALLY procrastinating?

    I noticed on the front of a newspaper this morning “Inside: Stress – how to beat it once and for all”.

    A couple of years ago I would have jumped on it. But now I know I don't suffer from stress; however I would like to be more organised, and maybe have a more positive outlook on life.

    When you know things are not quite right, you can be vulnerable to suggestions that you might have certain particular problems.

    “Hmm. Things are not going as well as they could I work. I seem to have a lot of stuff undone at the end of the day. Why did I not get them done? Could it be ADD? Fear of failure? Fear of success? Low self esteem? Problems in my personal life?”

    All of the people offering solutions to the above will artfully write their introductions to make it seem that I might suffer from what they are curing. Hopefully (before I buy the book, the course, and the seminar) I will realise that my problem is that I make inaccurate estimates of how long a piece of work is going to take; or that our filing system is so bad that a file can go AWOL for a half day at a time, thus holding up all related work.

    There is a joke about a man who has an uneasy relationship with his mother-in-law. She buys him two ties for Christmas. He wears one down to dinner. “What was wrong with the other one?” she demands.

    The answer of course is that he cannot wear both at the same time.

    If you have 25 projects on the go, and a choice of at least twenty five next actions in the office, are you REALLY procrastinating on the other twenty four when you select which one to do first?

    I found that I was attributing every shortcoming in my work productivity to some PROBLEM or other, and surfing the web looking for possible solutions. In fact, all I was suffering from was reality. A lot of things are as they are because they cannot be any other way. I now accept that my performance levels will go through a whole spectrum of intensities as the day progresses.

    I don’t procrastinate, I choose.

    DFE

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    Procrastination

    It is not the procrastination when you have 25 active projects and progress only in some of them. The procrastination is when you have 25 active projects and there is no progress in any one of them - you are watching TV or playing solitare instead of doing something important.
    TesTeq

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    • #3
      playing solitaire (or free cell)

      ... or reading this forum, TesTeq??

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      • #4
        Re: Procrastination

        Originally posted by TesTeq
        It is not the procrastination when you have 25 active projects and progress only in some of them. The procrastination is when you have 25 active projects and there is no progress in any one of them - you are watching TV or playing solitare instead of doing something important.
        TesTeq
        Agreed.

        But it's also procrastination when you have 25 projects, and you use working on 24 of them as an excuse for not working on one that you are avoiding like the plague. It's called productive procrastination. It's sometimes tough to spot in people. It can also be tough to spot in ourselves, especially if we start believing our own B.S.

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        • #5
          26th project

          I agree with you, Scott.
          Sometimes people even create virtual projects that are really unimportant to justify their procrastination.
          TesTeq

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