Monday, May 25th, 2009
I’ve figured out how to reduce my procrastination problem by 90%. I don’t want to give up that last 10% because I love day dreaming, doodling, and contemplating too much.
As I’m working, I have a “1 next thing” list. The task I’m working on and the thing that I will do next.
- Write “The Ultimate Procrastination Remedy” blog post.
What usually happens is I hit a small wall and my focus wants to shift to something easier. I’ll write this idea down (write an email response to Leo of Zen Habits), so I don’t forget it and I can get back to working on my present project.
1 Next Thing
This “next thing” is a lot easier than working on a blog post, so I’m drawn to it, but as you probably know procrastination hinders results when abused.
The best part is that I get to do something that I want to do next. I have a master list, but I’ve stopped forcing myself to follow this to the T for 8 hours a day.
Here is a sample of my super simple and bad ass “1 Next Thing” list:
- Edit eBook (Strike it out when I’m done or tired and move on to the next thing – this strike out technique is a must. It makes me feel accomplished)
- Write comment on Marelisa’s Abundance Blog
- Stretch for 5 minutes
- Write a Blog Post on the importance of taking leisure breaks
Why It Works
By writing down what I’m going to do next, I take the pressure off of myself. I know it will be done next, so this allows me to enjoy the work I’m presently doing.
Working in the present moment helps me stay in my flow. I know that I will get to that next thing after I’ve accomplished this present task first. I can stay calm and knock out what I set out to do.
By using this list, I’ve stopped trying to hop around between 5 tasks. If a third idea pops in my head, I write it on my main list to be considered for later.
It’s that simple and that’s why it works.
Try a “1 Next Thing” list for yourself and watch your enjoyment increase as well as your productivity. Yep, it’s really that easy.
Working happy is all well and good, but if you can’t manage your finances then you can’t focus on being happy at work. That’s why I read Get Rich Slowly. The writing is superb and there are always so many great ideas on living a frugal and enjoyable life.
If your not sure how good the almost daily articles are then check these out:
- Work Happiness Expert – Tony Hsieh of Zappos
- 28 Lessons on Working Happy From My Icelandic Mother
- The Work Buzz