Friday, April 14, 2006

What are you waiting for?

This week I asked myself this question when it came down to some of the major financial issues that I was having: "What am I waiting for?" And the more I thought about it, the answer was simple: nothing. Whatever it was that I was dreading (it was so awful that I've forgotten already) was handled. The dread was not truly being caused by having to do the task, but rather the fact that it wasn't done yet.

So, instead of procrastinating, I am going to make a simple pledge to try to procrastinate less. If there is something that I cannot do, then I will make a list and put the item on it. The goal is simple. If you can do it now, do it. If you can't, then get it out of your head so you can focus on the task at hand.

Being preoccupied is a huge waste of time for me. And I find that simple lists (I usually just open up notepad on my pc or use a scratch pad on my desk) really help clear my mind. And in the end, the more focused I am, the faster I get it done.

Satisfaction comes when I can look back at a list and say that I've done most of the stuff on it. This is something that is fairly simple, but the key is to be disciplined. And rewarding myself based on how well I've completed my tasks is a great incentive.

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