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Rob Clark
@theelusivefish
The night was…
Think about starting
Coffee / snack break
Muse about ideas
Do the work
Email / Expense Report/
other misc.
Panic at loomin...
Murphy’s Law:
Whatever can go wrong,
will go wrong.
“Hey,
cheer
up!”
Procrastination:
The symptoms
Judging by your
pulse, you’ve got a
horrible case of the
procrastinations. It
could kill you...
The perfectionist start…
Easily distracted…
Shaving the yak…
not this day…
A day may come when we finish our expense reports and
then go to the gym…
Procrastination:
The root causes
Sho, sho.
He once hadda
procrastination,
but then he
drank a tall glass
of salty water,
a...
Adrenaline junkie
I regret
nothing!!!
Ill-defined intentions
Aversion
I choose EASY!!!
Avoidance
Overthinking things
Overthinking things
Procrastination:
The Treatment
You look like
you need to see a
doctor. Let’s get
you to the golf
course at once.
Admit the problem
Recognize when you’re:
• Trying for the perfect start
• SQUIRREL!
• Yak shaving
• Putting off til tomorr...
Clearly defined goals
and expectations
• Very specific outcomes vs
lofty intentions
• Very specific timeframes
• Break dow...
Dealing with aversion
• Four quadrant to do list
Urgent Not Urgent
ImportantNotImportant
Dealing with aversion
• Four quadrant to do list
Urgent Not Urgent
ImportantNotImportant
1
Dealing with aversion
• Four quadrant to do list
Urgent Not Urgent
ImportantNotImportant
1
4
Dealing with aversion
• Four quadrant to do list
Urgent Not Urgent
ImportantNotImportant
1
4
2
3
Do first Decide when to d...
Dealing with aversion
• Pomodoro technique
• Work 25 minutes
• 5 minute break
• Work 25 minutes
• 5 minute break
• Work 25...
Dealing with analysis
paralysis
• Does this decision even
matter?
• How sure are you of your
information?
• What do you kn...
Dealing with
avoidance
• Not starting IS failure
• Not finishing IS failure
Procrastination ...we can talk about this tomorrow, right?
Procrastination ...we can talk about this tomorrow, right?
Procrastination ...we can talk about this tomorrow, right?
Procrastination ...we can talk about this tomorrow, right?
Procrastination ...we can talk about this tomorrow, right?
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Procrastination ...we can talk about this tomorrow, right?

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Procrastination ...we can talk about this tomorrow, right?

  1. 1. Click to add subtitle
  2. 2. Rob Clark @theelusivefish
  3. 3. The night was…
  4. 4. Think about starting Coffee / snack break Muse about ideas Do the work Email / Expense Report/ other misc. Panic at looming deadline
  5. 5. Murphy’s Law: Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.
  6. 6. “Hey, cheer up!”
  7. 7. Procrastination: The symptoms Judging by your pulse, you’ve got a horrible case of the procrastinations. It could kill you dead but only if it ever gets around to it.
  8. 8. The perfectionist start…
  9. 9. Easily distracted…
  10. 10. Shaving the yak…
  11. 11. not this day… A day may come when we finish our expense reports and then go to the gym…
  12. 12. Procrastination: The root causes Sho, sho. He once hadda procrastination, but then he drank a tall glass of salty water, and cleared it right up.
  13. 13. Adrenaline junkie I regret nothing!!!
  14. 14. Ill-defined intentions
  15. 15. Aversion I choose EASY!!!
  16. 16. Avoidance
  17. 17. Overthinking things
  18. 18. Overthinking things
  19. 19. Procrastination: The Treatment You look like you need to see a doctor. Let’s get you to the golf course at once.
  20. 20. Admit the problem Recognize when you’re: • Trying for the perfect start • SQUIRREL! • Yak shaving • Putting off til tomorrow
  21. 21. Clearly defined goals and expectations • Very specific outcomes vs lofty intentions • Very specific timeframes • Break down into smaller tasks with short timeframes.
  22. 22. Dealing with aversion • Four quadrant to do list Urgent Not Urgent ImportantNotImportant
  23. 23. Dealing with aversion • Four quadrant to do list Urgent Not Urgent ImportantNotImportant 1
  24. 24. Dealing with aversion • Four quadrant to do list Urgent Not Urgent ImportantNotImportant 1 4
  25. 25. Dealing with aversion • Four quadrant to do list Urgent Not Urgent ImportantNotImportant 1 4 2 3 Do first Decide when to do Delegate Dump
  26. 26. Dealing with aversion • Pomodoro technique • Work 25 minutes • 5 minute break • Work 25 minutes • 5 minute break • Work 25 minutes • 5 minute break • Work 25 minutes • 30 minute break
  27. 27. Dealing with analysis paralysis • Does this decision even matter? • How sure are you of your information? • What do you know? • What don’t you know?
  28. 28. Dealing with avoidance • Not starting IS failure • Not finishing IS failure

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