Time Management||Procrastination


STEP FIVE: Don’t procrastinate today? Save procrastination for tomorrow.

Stop worrying is it right, what if, and just start. You’ll waste as much energy worrying about it and the job could have been done already.

Start with small doable easy task and build up small successes and then take that energy and put it into bigger pieces. Keep each piece small and realistic and accomplishable on a moment to moment, day by day basis. If it feels to big, cut it in half, and cut the goal in half again.

Take responsibility for time when you are preoccupying yourself with other activities and not truly focusing on your life goals. There is a difference between activity and productivity. Start being realistic with yourself, if you are just coming up with things that need to get done, and you keep putting off your true priorities.

Take responsibility for your delays.

Create a reward system for to overcome challenging obstacles or doing a new activity.

Overcome any challenging beliefs or resistance to an activity. Use the tools to Refuting Irrational Ideas or look at:   –  Is it a conflict with one of my other priorities?

Just Do it!


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Managing Your Time|| Evaluate Available Time


Step Four: Evaluate Available Time for your Action Steps

Take a look at all the activities you have to do during the day, what activities you could minimize or give up to find your available time daily or weekly.  Set windows of time aside to work on your project. Set times, locations, etc. For each action step you have on your list, put how much time you think each activity will take. People tend to underestimate how long many things take to do. So set up a realistic schedule for yourself so you don’t feel overwhelmed or stressed. You can re-evaluate how you are spending your time weekly to see how things can be adjusted.

Example)

Phone Calls to Vendors to Buy Notepads                  45 minutes

Organize Files for Clients                                               2 hours

Visit with local shops                                                      2 Days

Email materials to the printer                                        20 minutes

Once you have a list of your activities and how long they will take, put down what day they will get done. If other activities take longer than expected or other life priorities got in the way, reorganize for the next day what needs to get done. Set realistic goals and time frames to get things done. Have a focused list each day of how you will spend your time. Re-evaluate your list at the end of each day and game plan for the following day.


Create an Action Plan|| Time Management


Step Three:  Creating an Action Plan

Write down the step by step path of how you are going to get from where you are today to where you would like to be.  Include in your action plan- a well thought out and specific goal, a detailed list of resources you will need and how to get them, the order of the steps you will take, how you will monitor your progress, reasons why you might procrastinate and how to overcome it,  and what rewards will motivate you.

Imagine you have achieved your goal- what would it look like, how would it feel? What did it take?  And start brainstorming all that would be involved. Have Fun and Get Excited, Be realistic about what you are willing to do and not. Set a contract with yourself of what you are going to do and how you are going to monitor your progress.