Join Brenda Bailey-Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Reason: Distracted, part of Overcoming Procrastination.
Are you easily distracted? Do distractions tend to put you into the procrastination zone? Here are some useful strategies to help you stay on course. First of all, make sure you've created an ideal working environment for yourself. Clear all the clutter off your desk. Shut the door, or orientate your body so that your back is to the flow of traffic. Or maybe you just need to pick up the whole project and move somewhere where there are fewer distractions to take you off course.
Sam found it helpful to actually use those distractions, as rewards for getting through part of his procrastination project. For example you remember he loved to sharpen pencils, get snacks, check his email. He would allow himself to do those things, only after he wrote for 30 minutes, or finished three pages of the writing. Could you use the very distractions that tend to put you in the procrastination zone as rewards for accomplishing the task you're avoiding? Maybe a friend walks by and wants to chat about his or her weekend.
That's fine, but you have to say, I need to work on this project for just 30 minutes. Then I'll come down and find you. You use the very distraction that could take you off course as a reward for staying on priority project.
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