How to Prevent Procrastination

Last week I shared my strategies to interrupt my procrastination 3 Steps to Stop Procrastinating

I am not sure about you… I feel frustrated when I realize I am procrastinating – again!  Like seriously – what is wrong with me that I keep coming back to this habit?

Recently I have been asking myself – “What can I do to change?”  I find that this question moves me from frustration to curiosity.  When I am curious, I am open to possibilities.

Side note – I am reading, Tiny Habits – The Small Changes That Change Everything by BJ Fogg.  On page 2 he says – “In order to design successful habits and change your behaviors, you should do three things.”  First on his list is “stop judging yourself.”  I decided to take his advice.

Here is what I have come up with and it is working (this is week 3).

  1. Be realistic about how much time stuff takes! This has shifted me from a weekly/daily wish list to a list of 3-5 items to complete.
  2. Schedule a time block most afternoons I call “odds & ends”. This is when I checked those flagged emails and take care of them.  I may also return phone calls or finish notes from a meeting.
  3. I leave about 30% of my working day as blank space (nothing scheduled). This gives me flexibility for unexpected tasks, calls, and emails.  I generally can complete my priorities even if my time estimate was not accurate.

What do you do to avoid procrastinating?

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