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Stop procrastinating! Use the Premack principle

Posted 19 Dec 2010 — by Todd
Category Psychology, Time Management

A lot of people have problems with procrastination, myself included.

We start off the day with a list of things that need to get done, and by the end of the day those plans are often hijacked and many tasks remain untouched. To some extent, that’s understandable and normal. We can always point to legitimate interruptions — an urgent assignment from the boss, a sick kid, an unexpected visitor. And of course there’s ultimate excuse:  In the complex new business environment, you have to stay flexible and go with the flow!  Can’t be rigid!

But be honest:  a lot of the time, it’s just because we prefer to procrastinate.

For those with office jobs or self-employed knowlege workers, connectivity is the norm. But this comes with a new kind of temptation: cyberslacking. It’s so easy to take a peek at an interesting blog, check your Twitter or Facebook, play a quick online game between phone calls.  Before you know it, you’re wasting a lot of time.

There are a lot of tasks that we tend to put off at work.  Difficult, undefined tasks like planning or starting a writing project. Boring or mind-numbing tasks like tabulating numbers. Stressful tasks that require us to deal with unpleasant people or situations.

Think about phone calls. There’s that phone call you’ve been meaning to make to resolve an issue you just don’t want to deal with. Or that client, associate or relative who likes to boast, berate you, or bore you with infinite detail. That call is just not going to be any fun. Easier to put it off.

At home, that storage room or garage stuffed full of old junk just sits there all year. There are all the little projects you dread doing–like bills, taxes, repairs, or organizing the closet.

I think you get the picture.  If your life is perfect and you can’t relate to any of this, just stop reading here. Read More