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keith selmes 14 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2011 2:34PM

Quote:any start usually leads to new ideas on how to progress
I find it so.

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tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2011 8:52PM
Go to bed with one fixed mind set - awake tomorrow and do it, no matter how you feel thenSmile

At least one particular chore will have been completedWink
Sus 13 3.2k 9 England
28 Nov 2011 8:55PM
My goodness, are you me? I do exactly the same - lists everywhere. I am a terrible procrastinator. I have no solution I'm afraid. I wish I knew the answer.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
28 Nov 2011 10:10PM

Quote:"Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!"

I always worked on the principle of doing the thing that's hardest first...but then I found Homer Simpson...who said:-

If somethings hard to do, it's not worth doing!! Grin

how about giving yourself a treat every time you finish something?...or just start at the beginning and do each job one at a time...?

or finally...JUST GET ON WITH IT!!!!! Wink
jondf 11 2.7k
28 Nov 2011 11:42PM
Not starting or completing tasks?

a) Fear of failure

b) Fear of praise

A childhood based sense of dread that can be very debilitating. It can be overcome by applying strict discipline and non-avoidance of the tasks to be done. However, repeated avoidance (putting off) is a form of power and control. As the time approaches to start work, anxiety builds at the thought of praise or failure. Postponement puts the task avoider back in control but any comfort gained from that is short-lived. Routine and proper completion of tasks has to be just that.....routine.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
29 Nov 2011 12:02AM

Quote:I always worked on the principle of doing the thing that's hardest first

Ditto. Smile
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2011 12:08AM
I always worked on the principle of getting someone else to do the thing that's hardest first Wink
Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
29 Nov 2011 1:21AM
In my thankfully recently past working life i went to any number of team days etc about this and encountered a myriad of "models". Can I remember any of it...not a lot.

One that stuck in my mind though is a simple two by two grid of your tasks..

Vertical axis is importance (that might be finanacial, career building or whatever) and the horizontal axis is simplicity/quickness to difficulty/resource intensity.

So in two opposite quadrants you could have a simple job which is very important (eg just a quick phone call) or a big job that really can wait.

So the trick is to fill your spare minutes, grabbed half hours, with quick but important ones, and even some quick but unimportant ones to keep your sanity..

but keep quality time aside each day to attend to the resource intensive, time consuming but important ones.

The sad losers in this you put in your retirement list...the time-intensive non-important stuff

(a year in and I still haven't got near it Wink )

csurry 16 9.2k 92
29 Nov 2011 9:38AM
Thanks all.

Well the good news is that I have rewritten CV although still a few tweaks to make.

It is not my choice really as to which opportunity may come to fruition first or even at all. So I need to prioritise based on long term benefit of new skills I think.

I like Lob's approach to getting someone else to do the harder task. Only it is usually someone passing that task on to me Wink

Should know by end of week if I have a job before new year. At least I can plan with a known timetable one way or the other.

The 2x2 grid I have been using.

Like most mornings though I am sat in the coffee shop looking at job sites. A habit I need to break, but it is good to get out of the home office.
JJGEE 13 7.2k 18 England
29 Nov 2011 9:43AM

Quote:Like most mornings though I am sat in the coffee shop looking at job sites

Just go easy on all those Krispy Kreme doughnuts ! !
csurry 16 9.2k 92
29 Nov 2011 10:22AM
Never had a Krispy Kreme donought in my life.

Even converted to skinny cappuccino or an americano!

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