Are you someone that arrives in the office in the morning with a list of things to do, then find yourself saying things like, “I know that’s the most important thing to get done, top of my list”, and then find you say to yourself;
- That’s going to take a long time to do, so I’ll get these other quicker easier things done first.
- I hate doing this, I will do these things first.
- This task is difficult, so I’ll get some others out of the way first.
- I need to talk with them, but I hate confrontation, so I will do it later today before we knock off.
There are many other things we say to ourselves to reason why we are going to put it off, but they are all just excuses. The problem is, as the day goes on, more things are added to your list, you get doing other things and at the end of the day, that important thing is not done and you are stress and annoyed with yourself.
As soon as you put off doing something, it remains in the back of your head in your thoughts, and it doesn’t matter what you do or say, you will always be holding that thought in the back of your head, “I still have to do that”. And that thought will be making you feel down and stressed, like a weight on your shoulders all day.
It doesn’t matter what you are doing or trying to focus on, 50% of your focus will be on what you are doing and 50% of you will be focused on what you have put off. That’s means you are only 50% productive.
However, have you ever noticed what happens on the days that you get that most important item completed early in the day, how you don’t think about it, how your day feels so good because it has been completed?
When you did it, you were 100% focused on getting it done and out of the way. Then as you went onto the next task, you were able to place 100% focus on it, because you didn’t have to think about that task you hate doing and still having to do it. The weight was of your shoulders, you felt good and the day was going well. You were getting more done than you usually do.
It’s interesting, when I talk about this at events and one on one, most people are aware of it, but still put things off. It’s just the way our brains work at times.
I could write about the 7 or 9 or 13 or whatever number ways to stop procrastinating, but there is only one, and that is for you to tell yourself that if you are going to be successful, you must do those important things as soon as they are due to be done. Do not put them off. All the highly successful people I have met, do exactly that. They just get on and do it no matter what excuse they can think of.
You need to learn how to “Eat That Frog” and you can do this through reading Brian Tracey’s book “Eat That Frog” it will give you more clarity on getting those most important activities done now.
Do No1 First
But the most important thing you need to remember is, long term high levels of success comes from ensuring you do your No1 Most Important Task First Each Day.
Take the challenge on, Do Your No1 Item First every day and start seeing what changes start happening in your life.
Peter Johnson – The Time Retriever is a highly experience business productivity coach, he speaks at conferences and events and provides coaching and workshops to business owners and their teams on how to get control of your day and start getting twice as much done in your day and having time left to do the things you love.
You can obtain a copy of his book ” The Time Retriever” in hard copy or digital version from https://www.peterjohnsonauthorspeaker.com/collections/all
Have a great week.
Peter Johnson – The Time Retriever