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So here’s what occurs: You've a plan – let’s suppose, to awaken at 7; be washed and dressed to kill and breakfasted by 8; at your desk, easel or other workspace by 9; work 3 hours; exercise during your lunch; eat a fit salad at your desk; work 4 more hours; come home; eat supper with your mate; work a few more hours in the evening; and then curl up in bed with a great book. But you don’t abide by the plan.
Maybe you awaken late at 8, or 9, or…noon! The plan is trashed before you even get moving. Or, perhaps, it takes you not one, but 3 hours to make it to your desk. And then, when you’re there, you drop an hour or three reading the paper, net surfing, and making personal calls. Or, perhaps when lunch comes around you don’t exercise and rather than a salad eat a mammoth sandwich and then spend the rest of the afternoon feeling slow and don’t get much done. Etc.
Procrastination is when you get bumped off the “course” you set for yourself for the day. The challenge of outfoxing procrastination is the challenge of resisting the itch to leave your course. This is likewise the challenge of beating blocks, since a block is truly an ongoing procrastination issue that lasts weeks, months, years or decades.
This e-book will help you work out what is causing you to leave your daily course, and what you may do to stay dedicated and finally live the productive and happy life you’ve always wished-for.
Procrastinating Your Procrastination
Developing The Important 'NOW' Habit And Strategies That Will Help You To Take The First Step Quickly!
Matters That Throw Us Off Our Course
Let’s suppose you planned to be at your PC, working at a project, at 10 a.m. on a Monday morning, but you’re not. How come? The answer may be one or more of the accompanying.
Woke up late.
Scrapped with your lover last night, and continue reliving the quarrel in your brain.
Are too sapped – the coffee hasn’t set in yet.
Are overly hyper – drank too much coffee and can’t sit motionless.
Are disquieted by the weather – it’s amazing out and you’d love to take a walk or bike ride.
Are disquieted by the weather – it’s atrocious and depressing.
Got a telephone call (or e-mail or instant message) from a friend, who's depressed (though not in crisis) and asked to talk.
Got a telephone call from a friend (or e-mail or instant message) that’s happy and wished to share great news.
Are reading the paper – every last word of it.
Are net surfing or net shopping.
Are playing Solitaire.
Simply realized that it's highly crucial to work on another project.
Or, if you work in a home office:
Switched on the television set for “a minute” and saw that one of your favorite actors was being interviewed, so you decide to view the interview.
Simply realized that the laundry urgently needs to get done!
These are common things that may throw you off your course. It’s only a partial list; naturally, you may likely add many other entries to it. There are likely 100s of potential “bumps” that may knock you off your course.
One crucial thing to point out is that, while a few of these bumps appear “good” or “worthwhile” (like commiserating with your unhappy acquaintance or doing the laundry), and some seem “foul” or “frivolous” (like playing Solitaire), they're all equally unacceptable from the viewpoint of beating your procrastination habit.
You'll need to learn to resist the urge to get absorbed into activities not on your schedule, regardless how crucial or virtuous they appear at the moment. The one exception, naturally, is emergencies, by which I mean actions that can’t be put off without significant harm to yourself or other people. However even with an emergency, after you’ve handled it, ask yourself whether it may have been prevented by finer planning, or whether somebody else could have handled it. If you’ve got a challenging goal, it's really crucial to learn to minimize the number of preventable emergencies in your life, and to learn to delegate as much as conceivable.
If it appears like I’m taking a hard line, I am. I have to, as procrastinators are frequently adept at rationalizing their diversions. Obviously, if somebody is ill or otherwise incapacitated, we ought to help them, but to what degree? It’s not always clear, and a lot of procrastinators misjudge, sacrificing too much of their own time to assist other people, even when those other people aren’t particularly needy or when somebody else is available to help. This issue may be hard to identify, much less solve, as the