Started by SueC, October 08, 2020, 01:36:11
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QuoteProcrastination At the moment, many of us are finding ourselves working from home more than usual. For those of us who are prone to procrastination, being at home can make staying on task even more challenging.Below are six suggestions for outwitting procrastination. (They don't just apply to work - these methods can also help if you fall victim to procrastination in any area of life, such as housework or creative projects). 1. One way to break paralysis around an unpleasant task is to introduce an even more unpleasant task, by comparison to which the first task starts to seem more appealing. 2. Work offline as much as possible; the internet is - plainly - the enemy.3. Use an egg-timer: work for fifteen minutes and not a moment more. If that doesn't help, try five minutes. Humiliate yourself into finding a unit of time you can stick to. 4. Use starkly accurate working titles for your efforts: 'First Rubbish Version'; 'Second Marginally Less Rubbish Version'. Don't expect it to be right for a long time. If ever. 5. Break a task into 100 sections. Note what percentage is done. For a 1,500-word report, every sentence is pretty much 1%. 6. Take a shower, go for a drive. We often have our best ideas when theoretically we're not supposed to be working at all.
Quote from: undefinedOne way to break paralysis around an unpleasant task is to introduce an even more unpleasant task, by comparison to which the first task starts to seem more appealing.
Quote from: SueC on October 09, 2020, 02:23:54By the way, have you heard that idea of, "Start work each day by eating a frog?" It's a humorous way of suggesting that if you get the very worst task out of the way each day first thing you start working, then the rest of your day is so much better