Your bad habit of procrastination could be exactly what sets you free of your bad habit of procrastinating! There are two ways that procrastination can help you rid yourself of procrastination. The first is, as I mentioned in my previous post, that if you procrastinate consciously and with specificity there is another word for it: PLANNING! And planning is key to getting control of your schedule, your email, your busy work, and your life in general.
Think about it…planning is a form of procrastination. It’s knowing something that needs to be done but not doing it now. It’s scheduling a time to complete it later. Therefore the difference between a highly productive person and a huge procrastinator isn’t a matter of genetic code, life ambition, or technical skill; it’s only a matter of specificity!
The only difference between a procrastinator and a planner is simply creating actionable tasks between the moment the event is decided to be put-off and the moment the event will later then take place. These intermediary tasks then ensure the event will eventually be completed as scheduled. So procrastinate like normal except next time make sure that when you procrastinate you also accomplish this prerequisite checklist as part of it:
- Schedule the right amount of uninterrupted TIME to complete the activity.
- Schedule the right TOOLS to be available to complete the activity.
- Schedule the right PEOPLE to be available to complete the activity.
- Schedule to have the appropriate amount of ENERGY available to complete the activity.
This is just one more example of why I say that increasing your self-discipline is not about an increase in motivation but rather a shift in your mindset. This concept should be good news to procrastinators everywhere!
PS….Oh BTW the second technique that I alluded to above for leveraging procrastination to cure your procrastination is to take your unhealthy types of procrastination and simply procrastinate your procrastination. In other words, PROCRASTINATE TOMORROW! I know, this technique isn’t as productive as the first technique but you know me, I can never resist the opportunity for a laugh.
See you in the stairwell,
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