Tick Talk Issue 27“Always demanding the best of oneself, living with honor, devoting one's talents and gifts to the benefits of others – these are the measures of success that endure when material things have passed away.” — Henry Ford
Why Are You Afraid?
Many psychologists agree that procrastination is a psychological problem based upon some sort of fear. These fears include such things as fear of failure, fear of facing an unpleasant experience, and even fear of boredom. I confess, fear of boredom is why I procrastinate doing my expense reports.
All techniques to help overcome procrastination are designed to help us bridge the gap of fear, no matter what the cause. My favorite technique is to make an appointment with myself to do the thing I’m procrastinating. But do it away from my regular environment. That way I don’t have excuses to not get the job done!
Some common techniques used to overcome procrastination are:
- • Scream and jump into the project as you would jump into a cold swimming pool. (It works for me, and I do scream)
- • Reward yourself in some way for getting it done. (Too many ice-cream rewards can create another problem)
- • Make a commitment to another person and get them to stay on your case. (not a good friend who could be too soft on you)
- • Break large tasks into smaller pieces. (smaller pieces are a lot easier to digest)
Recognize what fear drives your procrastination and pick a technique to help you get through it. For example, maybe you’ve put off making a difficult phone call because you feel it will be an unpleasant experience. I’ve made many such calls in my career and almost always I’ve found it was never as bad as I thought. Also, my self esteem would shoot up, my stress would go down, and I would be far more productive the rest of the day.
What are you afraid of? What are you procrastinating? Do it now. The benefits of eliminating procrastination are huge.
Utilize the Principle of Accessibility.
Simple concepts can be powerful. When used they are often the difference between success and failure. One of the most powerful yet underutilized concepts in the field of achievement is the principle of accessibility.
The earliest formal writing we can find on this subject is by Charles R. Hobbs, Ph.D., in his doctoral thesis written while attending Columbia University. Dr. Hobbs clarifies the essence of this idea in these words, "If you would induct yourself into a skill, an element of knowledge, or a goal, make that skill, knowledge, or goal directly, continuously, and meaningfully accessible to yourself."
Simply stated, if you desire to succeed in achieving a goal or acquiring a new skill, keep it visible. Keep the goal constantly accessible as a reminder and motivator.
Time Saving Tip of The Month.
Want to Avoid Time Crunches? Go Faster than Time!
We can’t make time speed up and we can’t make time slow down. We can, however, go faster than time. Go faster than time by deciding what events you want to occur on future dates. You can do that by describing them as written objectives – long range goals. Then, plan and execute the actions that will make your planned future events materialize – intermediate goals. In this way you can get out in front of time.
People who are in control of their lives maximize this advantage. People who are out of control don’t. They find themselves in a time crunch. They let time overtake them by starting the above process too late. It’s called procrastination.