It can be very tempting to postpone things you do not like doing towards the future. This phenomenon is known as procrastination. There can be a myriad of reasons to procrastinate. Maybe you are missing a certain tool or are missing some data that requires an unpleasant phone call to get a hold of. Whatever your reasons may be, and no matter how natural this behaviour may be, you will still want to avoid falling into this trap.
A convenient mental trick to get yourself to act in a timelier fashion it to give yourself a shot of ‘artificial adrenaline’. You can take a stopwatch and allocate yourself a specific amount of time for a clearly defined specific task. It helps to think of yourself as an expensive consultant: your time is very valuable and wasting it on procrastination is a very expensive proposition that needs to be avoided. Make sure you have all the necessary preparation at hand, start the clock, and get cracking.
With this simple trick of the mind, you should have a much easier time to get yourself to both start and finish a well-defined task in an absolute record time!
Fight Procrastination with Artificial Adrenaline!
Who is Sabine?
Sabine Finzi is one of our key trainers at AIM & Associés, she is passionate systemic coaching. She delivers Facing Change at the European School of Administration, as well as Overwhelmed working at home? Drawing the line between professional and private lives for the European Institutions, agencies and bodies.