Procrastinator’s Secret to Productivity
I’ve been a procrastinator all my life. If something needs to be done, I can give you six excellent rationalizations why it should be put off until tomorrow. I am the queen of crunch-time-gettin-shit-done… when I had the last week to get the task complete.
Moving Friday? Packing Thursday at 11pm.
Big speech at 2p today? Writing it while eating breakfast.
Visitors for the weekend? Cleaning the house as they are on their way.
It has taken me until my early thirties to figure out how to really get things done without giving myself a panic attack from the stress. Now, my friend, I’m about to share with you my procrastinator’s secret to productivity.
The fifteen minute promise.
When some task comes up that I know I’m going to want to push off until later or another day, I force myself to do it for fifteen minutes with the promise that if I still don’t want to do it after that time, I can quit until later or tomorrow. I set a timer and everything.
What I’ve found is the reason I procrastinate so much is that I get overwhelmed or feel like the task needs to be performed perfectly. Guess what? Knowing that I can call it quits after fifteen minutes negates the anxiety and desire to ignore what needs to be done.
It’s actually pretty rare that I stop doing what I’ve started when the timer goes off. By minute sixteen, I’m typically so into what I’m doing that there’s no way I could quit. The real secret here is momentum.Momentum makes anything easier, except quitting.
I’ve my procrastinator’s secret to productivity on pretty much everything you could imagine: exercising, paying the bills, cleaning the house, doing laundry, grooming the dogs, recording a new video and even writing this post.
The fifteen-minute promise method never fails. Even when I do quit after the timer goes off, like when pulling weeds for example, I still got something accomplished. This makes it easier to restart later or tomorrow.
Are you a procrastinator?
How do you cope to get things done?