There are 7 Habits of Recovering Procrastinators.
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Transcript:7 Habits of Recovering Procrastinators
Hi, everybody. This is Tracey Hausel, coming to you from TraceyHausel.Com. I want to talk to you today about, actually, The Procrastination Cure, or more specifically, the seven habits of recovering procrastinators. In order to really beat procrastination, one of the things you need to do is understand why you do it.
The beginning of the book does talk about that. Some of it I agree with, some of it I don't because I do have a history of being a school psychologist, so some of it is a little speculative to me, but on the whole, it's pretty good. Number one, manage yourself and time. Time management is one of the biggest misnomers out there.
Number one [habit of recovering procrastinators] manage yourself and time. Time management is one of the biggest misnomers out there.
You can't manage time. There's no way to manage time. Time goes on whether you want it to or not. It's not a video game that you can win some extra time on. But what you can do is pay attention to what you do during the time. There are lots of things to do that, and I've talked about that, time audits and things like that, but pay attention to your time.
He [the author, Jeffrey Combs] suggests going to an hour after that. That might be a bit much for you. If it's not, go for it. If it is, then just keep redoing the timer for fifteen minutes at a time. You'd be surprised how much you can get done.
Habit number two is set small goals. I know we're taught to have these big lofty goals but sometimes we forget to set the small ones, the everyday ones. What do you need to get done today? What do you need to get done this hour? Do those and you'll add up to that big goal because if you just do those goals, if you just say, “Okay, I'm going to make,” or, “I'm going to do this in a year,” that's so far out, you think you have plenty of time. Divide it up to each goal.
Habit number three: perform the task itself. Simple to understand, not always easy to do if you're terrified of doing whatever it is, but you got to do it.
Habit number four: write things down. I had to make a list today because there are some things that I've been forgetting to do. When I was younger, I could remember everything and I didn't have to worry about it. When you get older, maybe everything is up here [points to head], but it comes to a point there's just too much up there. You need to write it down and cross it off when it's done. A little thing like that actually feels pretty good.
Habit number five: eliminate distractions. This goes with de-cluttering. I need to de-clutter my area up here [the coffee table in my living room]. I usually work up here in my living room. I prefer it. I can check on the kitty cats. I can see the sun. I just prefer being upstairs. I do have an office, and I spent 45 minutes de-cluttering my office today. And tomorrow I'll probably do the same. I have a lot of files that actually need to be shredded, so that slows me down. I can't just throw stuff out. So that is habit number five, eliminate distractions.
Also eliminate distractions mean, if you don't need to be doing anything with social media, turn it off. I do not have notifications turned on. I think I do on my iPad. I don't use it. My husband does, so I probably should turn them off because they're annoying. I just don't.
The only exception is if I'm at an event. Either I don't have someone's phone number or I'm not sure if they'll use Messenger on Facebook. I will turn it on then, but when I don't need it anymore, I turn it off. I just set time and say, “Okay, I'm going to go check this, that, and there.”
Habit number six: become reward conscious. Celebrate everything and you don't have to give yourself something huge like a trip to Hawaii or anywhere. You can make it a trip to get ice cream. If you don't do that because you're health conscious, go take a walk, whatever you like to do. Read a book. Play a game. You can reward small things. Just pat yourself on the back. Have someone else pat you on the back.
And finally [habit number seven], learn self-evaluation. One of the toughest things to become a habit, I think, because it's the most important thing to do and to be honest with yourself. If you're not honest with yourself, you're not going to progress because you're not seeing the mistakes you made. If you're not being responsible for yourself and blaming others, you're not going to progress, you're just going to be stuck there.
All right. That's it for today. I hope you enjoyed the seven habits of recovering procrastinators. Again, if you want the book, it's The Procrastination Cure from Jeffrey Combs. To learn what you need to do every day in your business, go to TraceyHausel.Com/DMO, and as always you can go to my blog, TraceyHausel.Com, put your name in the upper right hand column and you can get on my newsletter for tips and tricks on time management, procrastination, business, marketing, all kinds of stuff.
All right. I will talk to you later. Bye bye.
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