Today . . . I’m sharing thoughts and resources about procrastination.
How appropriate that this video by Tim Urban should appear in my FB newsfeed – Inside the mind of a master procrastinator!
Watch it. It’s amazing and funny and will likely connect with you, in some way.
I’ve been reflecting on my own procrastination.
He outlines that we all procrastinate and that there are two forms of procrastination:
Things with deadlines: Projects with deadlines and parameters for when they need to be accomplished and delivered.
Things without deadlines: Those projects I know I want to finish or creative ideas I know I want to implement.
It makes me also think about the areas I hear from my clients that they procrastinate on:
- Dealing with difficult conversations or situations
- Developing more structure around accountability and coaching practices with their teams
- Big, strategic projects that require brainstorming and collaborating across organizational lines
- Work that isn’t fun or sexy, but is vital
- Personal time, health, fitness, relationships and connections
As Tim Urban says, we all procrastinate.
And because we do, we miss out and suffer as we do it.
Another excellent article on achieving goals and not avoiding the hard work that leads up to the ‘winning’ moment – Are you stretching toward your goals or just coasting?, by John C. Maxwell.
My favorite quote from this one is . . .
“When you made the choice to start, you made the choice to finish. It isn’t two choices . . . It’s one.”
I can see many areas in my work and life that I’ve made the choice to start, but faltered on the choice to finish.
How about you?
What have you started, but not yet finished?
What’s one thing you are willing to do, to change your focus on the finish?
I’m working on this too . . . let me know what you decide to change for yourself!