Procrastination – Today – Not Tomorrow

I am getting excited. Yes, really excited about procrastination.  On Monday, TUESDAY,  I get to attend a National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD) teleclass presentation on procrastination, by one of the leading experts in the subject.  Timothy Pychyl, Ph.D is professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, who has developed an expertise and specialty in examining and researching the topic of procrastination, especially in the area of students and their focus.

Now, I have presented classes on procrastination, quite a few times, in fact.  Yet Stop Procrastinating tends to be the most likely class to be canceled because no one signs up.  Well, that is, until the last minute.  Then it is just too late.

Perhaps the procrastination class needs a better name:

  • Pay Attention and See Better Results
  • Do It Now
  • Focus on Your Projects
  • Today – Not Tomorrow
  • The Now instead of Later Class

All kidding aside, here are my suggestions for avoiding procrastination:

Improve your Physical Ability to remain attentive

  • Get enough sleep
  • Hydrate yourself
  • Eat healthy and do not skip meals
  • Exercise regularly
  • Improve your mental attention

Keep Mentally Sharp

  • Vary your tasks from number based to word based work
  • Promote your joy
  • Step away from the screen
  • Organize just enough, don’t overdo it

Identify and Reduce your Task Distracters

  • Internet
  • Email
  • Texting
  • People stopping by
  • Telephone
  • Cell phone
  • The physical mail
  • Magazines, books, newspapers
  • Television
  • IPod, MP3 device or radio

Identify and Reduce your Mental Distracters

  • People or situations renting “space” in your head
  • Generating new ideas
  • Tangential exploits
  • Daydreaming
  • Negative thinking

Are you looking to stop procrastination or teach a future course for procrastinators ? Check out my coaching or curriculum  services.

Look for an upcoming post on internet procrastination. This is one of the most invasive forms of procrastination facing all students and adults this decade.

1 Comment

Filed under Knowledge, Organizing, Productivity, Terms

One response to “Procrastination – Today – Not Tomorrow

  1. Kate Riley

    I really like the strategies.

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