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  • Procratinating

    GTD has really helped me BUT, I still procrastinate on particular NAs. Any tips guys?

  • #2
    Procrastination! A barrier for many of us.

    To begin, what do you say to yourself about those particular NAs when you see them on your list?

    1. Not important
    2. Takes too much time
    3. Don't know where to start
    4. Don't feel like doing this today
    5. Don't have the tools
    6. Can't do this until . . .
    7. Or any other "negative" of your choosing

    There isn't one solution. There are many, depending on your reason for procrastinating. Tell us your reason(s), and maybe we can provide some solutions.

    Carolyn

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    • #3
      Stand up. Then start.

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      • #4
        Do not do it today!

        If you have to do something, do not do it today - do it the day after tomorrow - you will have two free days .
        TesTeq

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        • #5
          This is not my thought, but I like it:

          Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today; you might like it and you can do it again tomorrow.

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          • #6
            didn't want to start a new thread for this, but here's a funny clip regarding procrastination.

            http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=7240

            I really do feel like this somedays!

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            • #7
              I've found that staying as plain vanilla as you can get in terms of your implementation, then the more likely you'll say, "well, I have nothing else to tweak... I might as well nail a NA or two"

              Seriously, one of the biggest barriers I've noticed to doing stuff is the urge to tweak (and to post on this board instead of doing NAs... hmmmm)

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              • #8
                Procrastination

                My biggest problem during my 'unstructured day' (see other thread) is getting tempted to surf the web - im really trying to stop this.

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                • #9
                  Hi Neil
                  I just posted a reply to your other topic (http://www.davidco.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1749). One of the advantages for me of the system I describe is that it helps to impose an urgency on tasks for people like us who work within an unstructured week. Procrastination is still possible but not so prevalent, I find.
                  Claire.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by remyc88
                    didn't want to start a new thread for this, but here's a funny clip regarding procrastination.

                    http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=7240

                    I really do feel like this somedays!
                    Oh my, this clip is hilarious! I laughed so hard it hurt (I just had an impacted wisdom tooth removed).

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                    • #11
                      My suggestion is very simple:

                      Make your Next Action smaller.


                      Even smaller than it currently is.

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                      • #12
                        smaller NA

                        Originally posted by terence7
                        My suggestion is very simple:

                        Make your Next Action smaller.


                        Even smaller than it currently is.
                        That is very true. So many times, I find the NA I'm procrastinating on are the ones that I have some negative feeling about and therefore skip over no matter what my discretionary time and energy level is.
                        My personal example is phone calls. I hate making phone calls. I find that having "Call so and so" on my NA list almost never results in the call being made until crisis time. However, having the less threatening "Get so and so's number" on my NA list usually helps me get it done. Since I don't find looking up the number stressful, I start the ball rolling by pulling up the number and then I end up making the call right after because I have forward momentum on the project for which the phone call is needed.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Procratinating

                          Originally posted by neil0007
                          GTD has really helped me BUT, I still procrastinate on particular NAs. Any tips guys?
                          I recommend a throught reading of The Now Habit:

                          http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg.../-/0874775043/

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                          • #14
                            Re: Procratinating

                            Originally posted by kkirksey
                            Originally posted by neil0007
                            GTD has really helped me BUT, I still procrastinate on particular NAs. Any tips guys?
                            I recommend a throught reading of The Now Habit:

                            http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg.../-/0874775043/
                            I strongly second this recommendation.
                            This book opened my eyes in many aspects.

                            Yours
                            Alexander

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                            • #15
                              I hate making phone calls too!

                              Hi,

                              I hate making phone calls and have put some off for ages in the past.

                              I realised that the reason I hate making them is because I'm afraid my mind will go blank, I'll forget what I needed to say, I'll sound stupid, and I'll be put on the spot.

                              So before I make a phone call, I list everything I need to ask/say, in best order, and use the list while I'm on the phone. I think through what words to use.

                              I don't really need the list when I make the phone call, and it always turns out fine, but it helps me prepare and be more confident. In a way, it's my crutch.

                              So, sometimes you need to figure out exactly why you're procrastinating, and then figure out what 'crutch' will help you overcome it (or at least work around it!).

                              Hope this helps,

                              Trisha Cupra, Life Coach

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