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Posted by on Sep 1, 2010 in Challenges, Fall 2010, Organizing | 0 comments

When life gets complicated

Cathy Mendler A New Leaf

Cathy Mendler A New Leaf

When things go wrong, do you berate yourself and think “If only I had done things differently?” Was your project well planned, or did you procrastinate and the end result wasn’t as good as you had hoped? Is that when you promise yourself you’ll do better next time?

Planning

“Proper planning prevents poor performance.” Anonymous

Do you set aside enough time for all of your tasks? Oftentimes that’s why the best laid plans go awry. When you feel overwhelmed, take a break and make a list. This first step can be a great stress reliever. Set aside some time first thing in the morning to prioritize what needs to be done. If you can do this at the end of the day, unloading your mental clutter may help you sleep better.

Procrastination

“If it weren’t for the last minute, I wouldn’t get anything done.” Anonymous

Everyone procrastinates at one time or another. Jon Carlson tells us people procrastinate in order to avoid “difficult or time-consuming tasks… because they lack knowledge or skills . . . or as a method for coping with the anxiety involved in making difficult choices or decisions and taking action.” He also tells us when “we do not know what to do, we do nothing and hope that the situation will go away.”

Fear of failure stops people from taking life-changing risks.

Often our perception of a dreaded task is far worse than it actually turns out to be. Don’t let your perfectionist tendency stop you from moving forward.

Delegation

Can you delegate a task you don’t like or don’t want to do to a co-worker, business partner or family member? What if you can’t delegate? Break the task into smaller chunks.

Set a timer, work on the first chunk and then set it aside. If you feel like doing more, that’s great. The hardest part is usually getting started.

As the Nike slogan says, “Just do it!”

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