Procrastination used to be my mortal enemy… but not any more. You see over the years, I found that procrastination is caused by 2 things: Overwhelm and Ambiguity.
Too much to do and not sure how to do it.
When I was younger, I used to procrastinate like a champ! I would just about squeeze the work at the last possible moment and barely meet a deadline. Often, I was just late :-/
It took me a long time to understand that it was ambiguity and overwhelm causing the problem.
Do I still procrastinate? Heck yes!
Procrastination has become a way for me to identify a problem. When I procrastinate on an activity, I catch myself early and I ask myself the following three questions:
1. Will this activity have a big and direct impact to my current goal – If not then bye bye, its gone!
2. Is this activity overwhelming? If yes, I break it down in to steps and ONLY focus on the current step until it’s done, then the next step, then the next step etc
3. Finally, is the activity (or step) ambiguous? i.e. is it crystal clear? If not I make it my priority to understand it, ideally by asking someone, otherwise google, books, courses etc.
When I put it through that process, the procrastination ends.
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