Procrastination – one simple method for starting to act
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  • 12/10/2015
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“We are so scared of being judged that we look for every excuse to procrastinate.” ― Erica Jong, Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life

We all are “infected” by a common virus – procrastination. It takes away our energy; we feel powerless and frustrated. We do not act on the indeed important things. The more we delay the action, the more it seems overwhelming and undoable.

Managers suffer from procrastination like everybody else. Maybe even more, because they have to get out of comfort zone quite often. Managers deal with conflicts, face unpleasant situations and take risky decisions almost every day. Delaying the things that should be done does not only harm their lives, but harms their companies as well.

We postpone things because we fear to fail and are scared of being judged. But knowing how it works does not help, does it? We need the knowledge to overcome fears. Typical advice about how to deal with procrastination usually doesn’t help anyone. It suggests tricking the mind with some exercises, but our mind is much trickier, it always find a way to escape.
Instead of struggling, use this simple method for reducing your inner sabotage.

Take a piece of paper and a pen and find a quiet corner. Ask yourself “Why I postpone meeting my client/having a conversation with my boss/confronting my partner? What I am afraid of? “And just write down all that comes to your mind without judging. Somehow, when we write, our subconscious releases the thoughts we are not aware of. You will be surprised.
Ask this question again and again until you face that exact insight, the real SPECIFIC and PERSONAL reason why you are stuck. Facing this insight, you will realize how inadequate your fear is and how you can handle it. Now, the sign that you can stop writing is that you feel relief and desire to start acting.<BR/5>Please share if it worked for you.

Rimma Shalman, PMP
project management expert
EffectiV PM
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