OVERCOMING PROCRASTINATION Presented by Katherine Ward Susan Fowler Woodring Consultant, Speaker, Trainer, and Author Five Questions for You to Consider: 1. When do you procrastinate at school or work? What kinds of tasks? 2. When do you procrastinate in other areas of life? 3. What do you put off at home? 4. What do you put off in personal relationships? 5. What do you put off in your financial life? Four Underlying Causes Fear of Failure Lack of Discipline Perfection Paralysis Fear of Success OVERCOMING FEAR OF FAILURE 1. GOALS APPROACH S=SPECIFIC M=MEASURABLE A=ACTION ORIENTED R=REALISTIC T=TIME-BOUND 1. INCHWORM TECHNIQUE Break tasks on your “to-do” list down into manageable sizes. Use smallest task to get started. 3. REWARD SYSTEM “Some day is not a day of the week.” Plan reasonable rewards for yourself for performing tasks you might ordinarily put off. 4. BEHAVIOR CONTRACT Write out a personal contract for yourself or work with a friend or coach. CONTROLLING LACK OF DISCIPLINE TIME WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO: SPEND TIME? INVEST TIME? WASTE TIME? 21 DAY CARD/JOURNAL Set a daily goal for yourself. Check off every day that you achieve that goal. URGENCY AND IMPORTANCE MATRIX I. IMPORTANT/ URGENT III. IMPORTANT/NOT URGENT III. NOT IMPORTANT/ IV. NOT IMPORTANT/NOT URGENT URGENT CLASSIFY YOUR TASKS I. Important and Urgent II. Important, but Not Urgent III. Not Important, but Urgent IV. Not Important and Not Urgent Copy This Statement “Every single day, starting immediately, set aside a block of prime time to work on something important that does not need to be done today.” Ed Bliss Getting Things Done (A Quadrant 2 activity) MASTER LIST/DAILY PLAN SYSTEM Maintain an annual Master Plan of tasks and goals. Pencil in the month you will accomplish each. Transfer annual tasks and goals to a Daily Planner, which you update every 24 hours. DEALING WITH PERFECTION PARALYSIS Consider the importance of excellence rather than perfection. “Get it down, then get it right.” Jimmy Colono Co-founder of Career Track Learn to trust your INTUITION. 1. Make predictions and see how often they are correct. 2. Make some decisions quickly. Flip a coin now and then! 3. Do nothing for five to ten minutes several times a day. HOW TO SUCCEED WITHOUT FEAR “An average performer is goal driven. A peak performer is mission driven.” Charles Garfield *You can list your goals. What is your mission? MISSION STATEMENT Write your personal/professional mission statement. It should be so important that it will transcend your fears. FEARS AND GOALS Take just 60 seconds and list the 10 things you love most in life. Use your 10 Loves List to create goals to work through your fears. WILL POWER WON’T POWER Be clear with yourself and others about what you will and won’t do on the job and in your personal life. Say NO more often. OVERCOMING PROCRASTINATION What can you use right now? What will help you in your job search? What will help you on the job? What will improve your personal life? What will make you a more successful human being? Evaluation Questions Use: a. Strongly agree b. Agree c. Disagree d. Strongly disagree e. Don’t know 1. I found the presentation of material easy to understand. 2. This Advantage session increased my knowledge on the subject presented. 3. I will be able to use some of the information from this Advantage session in the future. 4. The presenter was well prepared for this advantage session. 5. This presentation should be repeated in future semesters.
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