Business and work Mindsets

What? Me? Procrastinate?

Oh boy, this explains so much about me and why I probably tend to procrastinate so much …

I’ve become better at noticing when I procrastinate and developing tactics to help me manage my procrastination habit better. Much of what I do tends to focus on a highly structured and granular productivity system, specifically my imperfect implementation of Getting Things Done.

GTD has become my lifeline to a much more productive workflow and I guard it from other people’s attempts to disrupt it fairly actively. As it is, I often find I need to somehow harmonise my GTD implementation with whatever my colleagues are using so it can become a little complex. That said, it remains the bedrock of how I (mostly) get stuff done.

I can’t say I have conquered procrastination but I think the trick is to reign it in so it is more manageable. I try be more patient with myself when I do drift off. There is no point being hard on yourself, it just reinforces the habit.

Anyway, where was I … ?

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Business and work Mindsets

Overcoming procrastination, when you get to it

Procrastination can be a productivity scourge. I’ve certainly had my share of it and I am probably doing it right now. I just watched a fun video suggesting how we can overcome procrastination and the surprise, for me at least, is that one solution is mindfulness meditation.

I wasn’t expecting that at all but it makes sense, in a way.

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Business and work Mindsets

Just start something

Just start something. How often do you not begin something or release something because you are waiting for perfection to materialise? I do that far too often and it is the reason why I have so many projects that barely had the time to sniff oxygen before I packed them away deep in my “I had a cool idea for something” drawer.

Seth Godin published a great post the other day about this sort of thing:

Waiting for the thing that cannot be improved (and cannot be criticized) keeps us from beginning.

Merely begin.

Yesterday’s post titled “The slippery slope” touches on a similar theme although I don’t think I quite understand what he is saying (even though I have a feeling I agree with him):

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Blogs and blogging Mindsets Writing

Blogging with less pressure

Gina Trapani published her rules for blogging in her post about “Short-form blogging” which reminded me about an anxiety I still seem to have about blogging: if I’m not going to write a really substantive post, I shouldn’t bother. One of her rules is this one:

If it’s a paragraph, it’s a post. Medium-sized content gets short shrift these days. Don’t go long. One or two paragraphs count. Then press publish.

I don’t know why I feel this need to write long posts that are researched, reasoned and detailed but that compulsion has probably ruined many post ideas through my associated procrastination. Perhaps if I just let go on that need to fill a page with my words, blogging would be more integral to my expressive life.

As for the rest of Trapani’s rules, well, I don’t agree with all of them. I have pages with static content and I have a number of plugins in my WordPress installations. I even keep an eye on traffic to my sites (it’s hardly worth mentioning but useful because it tells me what people find more interesting).

Anyway, this post is starting to run on a little so I’ll just end this one off here and save my other thoughts for another, shorter-form blog post.