Procrastinating on the Wrong Project
|Contributor: Jim Kearney 5/1/2018|
Do you sometimes spend more time than is necessary in doing a task?
Do you find yourself moving from one minor task to another?
It’s not that your current project is hard to do. It's that the other big project is the real problem.
So you dawdle and waiver on other projects and tasks knowing that the next big monster project is looming.
I'll give you a short example:
let’s say that I have the following projects to complete by the end of the month; it’s the 10th.
Okay, here is my things to do list for tomorrow...
Even though I have not prioritized the list yet the way I listed them says volumes.
I don't like doing budgets! It looks like I pulled 6% out of thin air.
Writing, "Start annual travel budget." meant I don't really want to start my annual travel budget.
Recognize this type of problem by continually asking yourself if what you are doing is the most important thing considering the time needed to produce the right results.
Tip regarding the budget:
History is prologue. The thing to do should have been...- Pull last year's budget with actual results and compare to current trends. (A nice first bite.)
Break a large project into smaller logical steps. That first bite usually gets the ball rolling!
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