You are most likely a procrastinator. It’s Okay, so are 99.8% of the rest of the humans on the planet. The question is what to do about your procrastination habits.
Getting more productivity out of a day and learning how not to procrastinate while getting things done with more efficiency is a problem that has plagued mankind since Ogg the caveman threw another log on the campfire, rolled over, scratched underneath his buckskins and told Mrs. Ogg that tomorrow would be a much better time to go out into the snow and hunt for wholly mammoths.
Back then, unlike today there were no productivity books and hunger was the only real procrastination cure!
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YOU can stop procrastination in its tracks!
When you get overwhelmed at work or at home or when you let fear and or perfectionism take control, what do you do?
Before you even realize what’s happening you’ve allowed the little green beastie to begin sucking your productivity. Don’t worry we’ve all done it at one time or another.
Wouldn’t you like to get things done with more efficiency and learn to not put things off when you know you should be digging in and getting them done?
Cary David Richards has done the work for you
He has taken the teachings of experts such as Brian Tracy and Zig Ziglar combined them with other information and teachings such as David Allen’s seminal work “Getting things done” and has come up with a different procrastination equation.
Author Richards has gleaned through the most up to date information available on the subject and brings it forth in a lighthearted easy to understand way that shows you how to stop being lazy, improve your productivity and get rid of bad habits without having to rely on will power and self discipline.
You don’t have to let procrastination rule your life! Learn to impact the drift, put it all together and banish the procrastination monster for good!
Have fun and when you clobber the little monster, try not to hurt him too bad.
Targeted Age Group:: 18 to 65
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve been struggling with procrastination all my life. I have to fight the urge to just shrug my shoulders and go lay on the couch at least once a day. I decided to do some research and come up with the best ways I could find to combat this cunning affliction
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
There are really no characters other than the little green beast called procrastination
The Zen of Perfectionism
Perfection is a good thing, in small doses.
Just as with the fear of success and failure, you may not immediately identify yourself as being a perfectionist. However, if you are reading this because you are looking for a solution to your procrastination habit, there are probably at least portions of this chapter that will resonate with you.
Perfectionism is the habit of demanding perfection from yourself by nit-picking and finding the smallest of defects in goals, projects or relationships. It usually is accompanied by an “all or nothing” type attitude. A perfectionist feels compelled to control every aspect of a project or relationship, finding the pettiest of problems and issues with almost everything they attempt. This behavior is driven by the fact that a perfectionist bases his or her self-worth on the perfect completion of any project or goal they endeavor to complete. Their self-worth is always tied directly to external sources, and unfortunately, good enough is never good enough.
Striving for excellence is, of course, a good thing. High achievers always strive for excellence. They set lofty goals and work very hard to achieve them.
Perfectionists also set big goals, but here’s the difference:
A high achiever will not only be satisfied with a job well done that perhaps has a few minor flaws, but they also will enjoy the process of working to achieve that goal.
A perfectionist is only focused on the end result and it must be perfect—or the whole thing is considered a pile of steaming dog poop. Plus, they can never allow themselves to enjoy the process of working to achieve the goal.
A perfectionist will fail to start or complete a project, because they don’t have a guarantee of its perfect completion. Presto! The procrastination monster has just slithered in the door.
Consider James, a trainee in the marketing department of a large online retailer. He has admired Julie, a coworker in another department, from afar for weeks. Despite asking around and verifying that she is not married and has no current boyfriend, he has not spoken to her. James is not a shy person and has no trouble conversing with strangers. The only problem is that he has a picture in his mind of a perfect relationship and because there is no guarantee that he could develop that perfect picture with her, he cannot bring himself to speak to her. He would rather not approach her than risk an imperfect interaction with her. He has let his perfectionism lead to procrastination.
The way to address this particular affliction is to find a way to be okay with yourself just because you are you. You must understand that the perfect completion of a project or exact successful outcome of a situation is never a true reflection of who you really are.
Striving for perfection is admirable. Being the best you can be and doing good work is what we should all aspire to. Letting it get out of hand and allowing the achievement of perfection be the only parameter we use to judge our worthiness is where the problem starts.
Tips for overcoming the perfectionism that leads to procrastination:
Become aware of your tendencies:
By simply being aware of the way your mind works and identifying the patterns of perfectionism as they pop up, you will be able to head off at the pass at least some of the behaviors. Try jotting the behaviors down when you notice them. You may even want to start a small journal and keep track of the times during the day or week that you found small imperfections in a project or relationship that didn’t really have any bearing on the outcome or the “big picture.”
When you can identify your behaviors and catch yourself having a perfectionist moment, you can stop yourself and consciously change the behavior. This is called pivoting. It’s just like a wide receiver in a football game. He’s running a route in one direction, when suddenly he pivots and heads off in the other direction. In this way, you can give procrastination a head fake and move forward with your project full steam ahead.
Learn to release your perfectionist thoughts:
Perfectionism is a highly ingrained thought process. In a severe case, you may need to seek professional help. Most of us who experience the behavior on a moderate to mild level, and allow it develop into procrastination, can benefit from learning how to release our thoughts and emotions.
Releasing is a simple process that may take a little practice. To understand this technique, think of holding an object in your hand. Let’s say a pencil. You may want to actually do this exercise right now.
Hold the pencil in your hand, feel the contours of it, squeeze it tight! Then hold your hand out parallel to the floor and open your hand wide, letting the pencil drop. Focus on how your hand feels without the pencil in it. You have released the pencil. In the same way, we can welcome our emotions and thoughts (in this case perfectionist thoughts and feelings), feel them fully, roll them around and be with them for a few minutes—and then when you’re ready, as fully as you can, just let them go, release them into the universe.
If you can focus on doing this simple exercise whenever you notice yourself having perfectionist tendencies, over time you will notice that you are not having the thoughts and feelings as often.
Another way to avoid letting perfectionism develop into procrastination is to visualize yourself starting and or completing your projects. This is mental practice for avoiding procrastination. Take a few minutes in the morning or at lunch time, when you can sit quietly and close your eyes. Visualize yourself completing your next project and include a few small flaws. Nothing serious—just a few slight imperfections—and then allow yourself to feel good about the end result. Get an emotional understanding of how it’s perfectly fine to have it not be perfect. Feel deeply how you are perfect just the way you are, despite a few flaws in the outcome of any particular project.
Don’t be attached to the result:
Again, don’t get me wrong; it’s a very good thing to try and have any project or relationship be the best that it can possibly be. Striving for perfection is an admirable goal! Just don’t be attached to the result.
Do the best you possibly can. Be as brilliant as you possibly can be. When your task is complete, it’s complete—and if it has a few flaws, it has a few flaws. It is what it is. Move on and feel good about yourself. You are not the project and the project is not you.
Perfectionism action steps:
Become aware of your tendencies.
Release negative thoughts.
Don’t be attached to the result.
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