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How to Beat Procrastination - 30 November 2009


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This was an internal presentation by Trent Mankelow about how to beat procrastination.

This was an internal presentation by Trent Mankelow about how to beat procrastination.

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  • 1. Trent Mankelow I was gonna do a talk on procrastination but I decided to put it off
  • 2. What is procrastination? Source:
  • 3. Procrastination – The act of postponing or delaying an action needlessly Source:
  • 4. What percentage of people procrastinate?
  • 5. What percentage of people procrastinate?
  • 6. What do you procrastinate over? • Me: – Chores e.g. Cleaning the shower – Thinking tasks e.g. Writing our newsletter – Big projects e.g account management – New projects e.g. hiring a board of directors
  • 7. Why do we procrastinate? • We are afraid of failure • We are afraid of being imperfect • We are overwhelmed
  • 8. Why should we care? What impact does procrastination have? • Makes it difficult for others to get their job done • The quality of your work may suffer (especially if it’s done at the last minute) • You can miss deadlines • It can add to your stress levels (and your guilt levels), and affect your life outside work
  • 9. Is procrastination always bad? Sometimes procrastination = percolation
  • 10. Tips on Starting
  • 11. Sometimes starting is the hardest thing
  • 12. Ironically, “the act of starting reveals the real work you have to do” – The NOW Habit, p111
  • 13. How to start: Sprints
  • 14. How to start: Sprints 1. Choose a task to be accomplished 2. Set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer) 3. Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper 4. Take a short break (5 minutes is OK) 5. Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break Check out • •
  • 15. Spend five minutes thinking about the outcome
  • 16. Take a break first
  • 17. How to start: Brainstorming Source:
  • 18. Get a friend to help Source:
  • 19. As part of the brainstorm I make sure I have a concrete, next action to start with
  • 20. Use a pen and paper
  • 21. Start the day right
  • 22. Decide on a Most Important Task before you leave work each day
  • 23. Park on a downhill slope Source:
  • 24. Avoid e-mail for the first hour of every day. You heard me.
  • 25. Tips on Writing
  • 26. Do “shitty first drafts”
  • 27. • Write • in • bulletpoints
  • 28. Consider only giving yourself a certain number of revisions
  • 29. Other random tips
  • 30. Say No Source:
  • 31. Plan play Source:
  • 32. “We are more likely to work productively when we can anticipate pleasure and success” – The NOW Habit, page 75
  • 33. Celebrate success
  • 34. List your anxieties 1. What is the worst that could happen? 2. What would I do if the worst really happened? 3. How would I lessen the pain and get on with as much happiness as possible if the worst did occur? 4. What alternatives would I have? 5. What can I do now to lessen the probability of this dreaded event occurring? 6. Is there anything I can do now to increase my chances of achieving my goal? From The Now Habit, p 99
  • 35. What other ideas do you have? How do you break through procrastination?