Overcoming Procrastination. Procrastination What is it? What is bad about it? Why do people procrastinate? What techniques are useful in overcoming

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<ul><li><p>Overcoming Procrastination</p></li><li><p>ProcrastinationWhat is it?What is bad about it?Why do people procrastinate?What techniques are useful in overcoming procrastination?</p></li><li><p>What is Procrastination?</p></li><li><p>What is Procrastination?Websters defines procrastination as "to put off doing something until a future time; postpone or defere action." </p></li><li><p>ProcrastinationMy definition of procrastination is "doing anything other than your highest priority task." </p></li><li><p>Whats So Bad About Procrastination?You may letter others downIt can be a safety problemIt will eventually cost moreYou feel bad about yourself, which affects your self esteem, which affects your productivity, which makes you feel bad.</p></li><li><p>1. You wish to do something because you desire some favorable result if you do the task.10. You assure yourself you will NOT procrastinate again.9. You feel uncomfortable about your lateness and berate yourself for the delay.11. Not long afterward, you procrastinate again.8. You barely finish the project on time or you finish it late or you never finish it.7. You continue to procrastinate.2. You make a definite decision to do it.3. You needlessly delay doing the task.4. You observe the advantages and disadvantages of the delay.5. You still postpone doing the thing you have decided to do.6. You berate yourself for procrastinating, or you rationalize the situation, or you ignore the project.From Overcoming Procrastination by Ellis and Knaus</p></li><li><p>Procrastination ExerciseLists three tasks on which you have been procrastinating!</p><p>Why have you been procrastinating on each task?</p></li><li><p>Overcoming ProcrastinationIdentify the causes of your procrastinationSelect a technique for overcoming procrastination</p></li><li><p>Why do people procrastinate?</p></li><li><p>Why do people procrastinate?Fear of Failure</p></li><li><p>Fear of FailureWhy didnt I ask Darlene Yarborough to go the Jr.-Sr. Prom?Fear of failure</p></li><li><p>Why do people procrastinate?The task is unpleasant or boring</p></li><li><p>Why do people procrastinate?We are overcommitted</p></li><li><p>Why do people procrastinate?It is not really a goal, it could be a job someone else may have assigned you</p></li><li><p>Why do people procrastinate?To get even with others</p></li><li><p>Why do people procrastinate?Physical Problems</p></li><li><p>Why do people procrastinate?Confusion</p></li><li><p>Why do people procrastinate?To get somebody else to do it</p></li><li><p>Why do people procrastinate?To gain sympathy</p></li><li><p>Why do people procrastinate?Ignorance - sometimes we just forget</p></li><li><p>Why do people procrastinate?It is wise</p></li><li><p>Why do people procrastinate?Overwhelmed</p></li><li><p>Overcoming Procrastination</p></li><li><p>Overcoming ProcrastinationFive Minute Promisepromise to work on the task for five minutesafter that you can quit, people normally continueRemember Newtons Law of Motion</p></li><li><p>Overcoming ProcrastinationSalami technique (also called Swiss Cheese)Break a big job down into small manageable tasks</p></li><li><p>Overcoming ProcrastinationWorst Case ScenarioAsk the question, What is the worst thing that could happen to me if I tried this and failed?</p></li><li><p>Overcoming ProcrastinationVisualize Positive ResultsThink of all the benefits of going ahead and doing the job</p></li><li><p>Overcoming ProcrastinationBalance SheetDivide a paper in half and list all the reasons why you should continue to procrastinate and the reasons why you shouldnt. Seeing all the reasons in black and white tend to help.</p></li><li><p>Overcoming ProcrastinationLeading TaskDo a number of small task that lead up to the big task</p></li><li><p>Overcoming ProcrastinationReward YourselfTreat yourself to something special only after you complete the job on which you have been procrastinating</p></li><li><p>Techniques for Overcoming ProcrastinationSelf ExposeCritically challenge the excuses you have been giving for procrastinatingDo you really have to start diets on Monday?Do your really need a matching Spandex outfit before exercising?</p></li><li><p>Overcoming ProcrastinationRemember the three tasks you listed earlier on which you were procrastinating? Identify techniques that could help you accomplish these tasks.</p></li><li><p>The Procrastinators Code I must be perfect.Everything I do should go easily and without effort.It's safer to do nothing than to take a risk and fail.I should have no limitations.</p></li><li><p>The Procrastinators Code If it's not done right, it's not worth doing at all.I must avoid being challenged.If I succeed, some one will get hurt.If I do well this time, I must always do well.</p></li><li><p>The Procrastinators Code Following someone else's rules means I'm giving in and not in control.I can't afford to let go of everything or anyone.There is a right answer, and I'll wait until I find it.</p></li><li><p>The Procrastinators Code If I expose my real self, people won't like me.</p><p>Source: Procrastination: Why you do it, What to do about it.Jane Burka and Lenora Yuen</p></li><li><p>What???Guess who did go to the Jr.-Sr. Prom?Darlene scared away every boy in school, so she asked me!</p></li><li><p>Living and Working with Procrastinators</p></li><li><p>Others ProcrastinationList three jobs that others have procrastinated on that affect you!1.2.3.</p></li><li><p>The Cycle of Mutual FrustrationStage 1: EncouragementStage 2: DisappointmentStage 3: IrritationStage 4: Stand-off</p></li><li><p>What doesnt work!Saying "Just Do It"Nagging or being a watchdogUsing criticism, ridicule, and threats of extreme or exaggerated consequencesDoing it yourselfSaying "I told you so"</p></li><li><p>Attitudes That Can Help!Maintain your individual perspectiveBe flexible about your strategy</p></li><li><p>Specific Techniques That May Help!Establish clear limits, deadlines and consequencesHelp the procrastinator set small, interim goalsHelp the procrastinator be concrete and realistic about what he/she needs to do</p></li><li><p>Techniques...Reward progress made along the wayTell the procrastinator directly if you do get angry</p></li><li><p>Techniques...Let procrastinators know that they are more to you than just their performanceConsider yourself</p></li></ul>