Archives For Procrastination

get things doneWho hasn’t struggled with productivity? All of us want to be more productive.

Perhaps one of the best places to start is to identify what’s holding you back.

In my own life I have identified eight things that get in the way. Just being able to identify them has proved helpful.

  1. Perfectionism. This shows up when I sit down to type out a message or a blog post. I have to force myself to hit the publish key for the blog to go live. Yes, I could rewrite it, but then I could rewrite it again and it would never go out.
  2. Pain. While physical pain can definitely cramp your productivity, I am thinking more along the lines of emotional pain. It is so widespread and all of us encounter it. And it will slow you down. It has your attention, not the project you are working on.
  3. Procrastination. I wish I could tell you that I never put anything off. But I can’t. Sometimes I just don’t want to jump in and get started. Precious moments are wasted.
  4. Play. To be honest this is not an issue for me, but I have seen it in others. There is nothing wrong with having some play time, but once again, there is a time and a place to play.
  5. Pressure. Deadlines, projects, outside pressures, and even things coming up can distract you and cut into your productivity.
  6. Pace. It’s not unusual for me to use thirty resources when putting together a message. If I don’t properly pace myself, or if I get sidetracked into another resource, then I’ll have to hurry at some point which means that I may not be able to consult a very helpful resource. All because my pace was wrong.
  7. Process. When it comes to writing many times I have to force myself to just sit and write or type. If I try and edit at the same time then I lose some valuable thoughts and it slows me down. The process is something that I face every day.
  8. Pandemonium. Chaos and Clutter. Guilty on both counts. Both include multiple things. It may be numerous things on my to do list, too many obligations, too many conflicting opportunities, and too many things on my work desk.

Just looking at these eight things may help you realize how easy it is to be less productive. These things seem to be ubiquitous. You are always fighting them.

So what’s the plan to overcome these hindrances? That’s coming in the next post.

 

HourglassCan anyone actually say they have never waited until the last minute?  No, I didn’t think so.

The NFL has had a labor dispute with the refs since before the season began.  And yes, there were some horrible calls by the replacement refs.  However, the NFL maintained that the integrity of the game was not being compromised, and the bad calls were not changing the outcome of the games.

Then it happened!  Monday night as Savannah and I were watching the Green Bay Packers take on the Seattle Seahawks the unthinkable transpired right before our eyes on the last play of the game.

At that point Green Bay was leading by a score of 12-7.  Seattle’s only hope with just seconds remaining was a hail mary to the end zone.  Not only did a Seahawk receiver push a Green Bay player to the ground, he never caught the ball.  Another defensive player for Green Bay did.  No problem.  The Seattle receiver simply put his hands on the ball and the ref called it a touchdown.

Now without going into all the rules, everyone in America knew it was an interception and not a touchdown.  So Seattle escapes with a win, and Green Bay is delirious as they fly home with a loss in a game they actually won.

It finally happened.  On Monday Night Football!  A bad call by the replacement refs changed the outcome of a game.  As upset as Savannah and I were (we were actually pulling for Seattle) at the call, I told her, “The good thing about that call is the NFL and the refs will make a deal this week.

And they have.  But why did they wait until the last minute?  Why did they wait until the unthinkable happened?

It got really bad.  Isn’t that how life is?  We wait, we procrastinate, we hope things will not deteriorate, we assume the bottom will not fall out,….but it does.  Yet we wait.

So while we were all screaming at our TV sets, how many of us were screaming at ourselves? After all, some of us no doubt were right in the middle of waiting…just like the NFL.  And guess what?  Things will probably get worse before they get better, just like the replacement refs.

We wait until a bill is overdue that we get serious about our finances.

We keep an employee on the payroll who has a bad attitude, hoping he will change, and he doesn’t and the company is hurt.

We ignore the leak in the roof since it is only a small drip right now.

We leave the pitcher in the game for just one more out.

We even fail to change lanes for the upcoming exit until we are forced to cut someone off.

So after all the fallout in the NFL and even in our own lives we continue to be plagued by waiting.

After all the lessons from life, Why do we continue to wait until the last minute?