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Overcoming Procrastination with Positive Actions

Friday, October 9, 2015 3:12:00 PM

What does it look like to be crowned the King or Queen of BUSY? In today’s fast-paced world, many consider being busy as the rite of passage in order to get ahead. But does it really have to be that way?

Let’s look at what being such a king or queen of busy entails:

  • So do you start and stop a task – pick it up, put it down with 17 different tasks on your list and never get any of them done?
  • Do you volunteer at school, church, community or work because you just know no one else will do the job?
  • Do you have your kids in afterschool activities 5-6 days a week?
  • Is technology controlling your life?

It has been estimated that the tendency to start and stop a task – to pick it up, put it down, and come back to it – can increase the time necessary to complete the task by as much as 500%!

When you prepare thoroughly and then begin, REFUSING to stop or turn aside until the job is done, you develop ENERGY, ENTHUSIASM, and MOTIVATION. You get better and better and more productive. You work fast and more effectively. In other words, you’re eating that big frog.

Elbert Hubbard, author of A Message to Garcia, defined self-discipline as the “ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”

The Great Question to Ask Yourself Today

What one skill, if I developed and did it in an excellent fashion, would have the greatest positive impact on my career and personal life?

Practice creative Procrastination – Everyone procrastinates! Since you must procrastinate anyway, decide today to procrastinate on low-value activities (Obligations) – outsource, delegate and eliminate those activities that don’t make much of a contribution to your life. Get rid of the tadpoles and focus on the FROGS!

These are just a few snippets from Brian Tracy’s book, Eat That Frog, which is packed full of great ideas and common sense ways to get your life back in balance.

It would be my pleasure to help you and your team DARE to CHANGE!

Chris Schroeder,
LIFE Leadership Independent Member
330-603-0428 – Stow, Ohio