French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.
Why on Earth did I do this crazy thing? Perfect weather, perfect day, until…I checked the calendar.
The numbers shouted at me, so loud that I almost fainted: half of the year had already passed by!!!
How far did I go with expanding my network, working on my resumé and coming with a clear plan of action of where I want to be early next year? Ahem…Ahem… I procrastinate so much I’ll probably put off death and never die!
Truth is, there is much more to procrastination than just putting off tasks.
Did you know that 1 in 5 adults may be chronic procrastinators? Nothing to do with laziness; Truth is that this inaction is often caused by anxiety, fear of failure or negative perfectionism.
Can you relate to this definition? I can! (hardly) over 40, a career gap of almost 2 years, looking for a career path and not really sure where …
I have attended fabulous courses on Coursera, updated my Coms skills, met great people on line, feeling stimulated and intellectually (finally!) challenged. I even passed the certificates! But each time I connect to Linkedin, I feel this chest pain again. Everybody down there seems so proud, so “achieved”, so “fit for the race”. Instead of inspiring me, they are freaking me out. I feel like a tiny little fish in pond of sharks. So… I procrastinate. Again.
We should leave the Philippines next year and the louder the the clic clac of the departure, the less productive I become. I have been denying the stress for a long time, so my clever body found its way to stop me so I have to face the issue: a terrible sciatica!
Good point: it gave me time to think and come up with 5 tangible tips to hopefully really move forward. Former procrastinators, I need you to tell me if they worked for you:
1. Wake up earlier
It is sooo tempting to stay in bed when you don’t have a work schedule. But I noticed that I am much more efficient (and in a better mood) when I wake up a bit earlier. When the house is still very quiet, before the 0630 school rush. Don’t need to wake up too early, just save 30mn of calm. Best times of the day for a bit of yoga or meditation (those guided meditations for busy people are my favorite so far).
2. Effective time management
Schedule! did you know that the best performers usually work in 90′ sessions and not more than 4h a day? …
3. Commit to SMART assignments
The objectives must be Simple, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Bound. In clear, set reasonable targets to measure achievements and to rebuild faith in your own abilities. Break the tasks down, so they are less daunting, and do the worse parts first.
Develop a flexible schedule with only important tasks. I always find myself torn apart between focusing on work and not spending enough time with the kids. Here is the solution for me: keeping plenty of time for extra curriculum activities. 100% on the work at hand, and later 100% with the kids. I always told my bosses that I would never take my home at work. I would never take my work at home either. Be totally with the work at hand while at the office. Be totally with the kids at home. I worked wonders back then, should work now as well.
5. Enlist an accountability buddy
I actually never thought of doing it, but I guess it could be very motivating.
Who would you pick up? a mentor? a friend? your super significant other ?… Thanks so much for your tips and Cheers to productive and efficient week 😉
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