Kill Procrastination – Tomorrow…

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But first you need to commit to a life audit to forever change the way you do business. Will you share with me a few minutes of your precious time? I guarantee you’ll be glad you did. Today is a very special day. Today marks your last day of planning, to make sure that tomorrow is your first day of a new life that involves nothing but getting things done – on time, to a better standard than you could ever imagine.

Overwhelmed by desire? Unburdened by pressure, ready to commit to a ‘new you’ world order?

Get a pen. Get a piece of paper. And get these seven things done:

Write down everything that’s important to you

By important I mean the stuff that you want to get done. Forget about all the stuff you’ve done in the past that burdens you. I want you – from now on – to only focus on the things that matter. Because it’s the things that matter that make you happy, or make you money. Anything else is just ‘get by’ and there’s no room for that when you only have finite days to become the perfect you.

Write down the ‘doing things’ about everything that’s important to you

I just committed to this audit of goals myself. Here’s an example of what I wrote:

Show every available hour you have

Get another slice of paper and throw down how much time you have, on which days. Make plenty of space alongside the hours so you can add in what you’re planning to do, next.

Feed in what you want to do, when you want to do it

Think about your most creative times of day; the times when you simply need inspiration; and the times when you’re winding down. Match up the tasks and ambitions to the times best suited to them. I know I need to kill lethargy about 2pm on Tuesdays. So I figure that 2pm Tuesdays is when I’ll throw in some time to revisit my RSS feed marked ‘inspirational’ for blog post ideas; when I’ll go for a run; or when I’ll simply take a nap and head back to the computer in an hour. Keep getting bugged by emails? Section half an hour, twice a day, to catch up on communications.

Build in some space

Don’t have yourself worn out by Wednesday (you’ll see the nap option there, for good reason). Energise yourself with some luxury time a couple of slots a week. And don’t forget to schedule in those mandatory breaks for a drop of Optrex and a wedge of cake.

Get a whiteboard

Transfer all the brain food to a big space that you can hang and observe whenever you’re at your desk. Make a copy on your GCal. Have it so that wherever you are, you can always see what’s coming up next.

Stick to your schedule for four weeks

Rigidly, demandingly, committedly (even a word?!); doggedly. Throw all the BS about ‘regimentation is deleterious for creativity’ out your window for now. Leeching on a plan you’ve created yourself is the best way to make it happenstance. Once you’ve been doing it a while – and four weeks is a while in this context – you can be sure you’ve got the best chance of carrying your schedule through into the longer-term future. Use Egg Timer to help with your time management. And nail it.

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Learning, sharing, networking with others inspirational in this field, get critical feedback on the work that I do.
See this is the king thing: once you start writing down doing words associated with goals, you’re already a step closer to achieving them.

Amazingly, I’ve finally figured a way I can become more organised. Everything starts to make sense. I have more time – I’ve even factored in an afternoon a week when I can go walking with the folks. A couple of hours each Sunday, I go deep cover and train myself ninja-style as a disciple of the beefy webcast. I plan the week’s menu Saturday morning; I network gladly and excitedly on Wednesday afternoons. Accounting gets done at 1pm on Fridays, and I review the week and plan the next at 4.

Start your life audit today. Tomorrow, the journey begins.

What do you do to make sure you get the most out of every waking day? Share your tips and ideas so we can all live more fulfilling lives, below!

Dave is The Podcast Guy. He produces incredibly successful radio shows for business owners who want plenty of incredibly profitable and long-lasting customers.
  • Great post – woohoo first!

  • Great advice. I’ve been using a work schedule for a few weeks already, it really helps to get over procrastinating!

  • 2nd… really motivate me :) nice!

  • lakhvir singh

    i’ll read this tomorrow. :)

    nice article, need to make it my business gospel :) thanks!

  • Great Article, I am in sore need of this.

  • Very empowering. Nicely done.

    I featured this as one of the three links for the day on my Design Thought blog:
    http://designthoughtfortheday.blogspot.com/2010/03/03-22-twitter-is-dead-client-love-kill.html

    All the best, Ted

  • Great post, saved and will re visit to put some of these into Action!

  • Yes, I saved this post as well. Good tips that I plan to start following today!

  • The whiteboard really works, I looked for a digital alternative for ages but there’s nothing like scrawling your ideas down with a magic marker!

  • Gonera

    i think something is wrong with article, because i don’t see any pictures. i check it in Chrome, Safari and FF Did i’m to late for reading this with pictures ;/ ? As you may predict i procrastinate reading this article a little (or lot maybe ;)) but i had good reasons (project, client, sick doughter ansd so on ;P). So could you bring pictures back cause i think they are essential part of this? Or maybe not?

  • adevv

    Nice article! I surely will read this… later :)

  • Amazing article. I will definitely try it. Procrastination leads to losing chances :( i have experienced it a couple of times. Today I wanna make sure that it won’t happen again.

  • mbt

    Nice article! I surely will read this… later

  • David

    In addition to E.ggtimer.com, which is suggested in the “Stick to your schedule for four weeks” section, there is http://www.KitchenTimer.org. I prefer KitchenTimer.org over E.ggtimer because you can work right in the same window (timers on the left, email on the right) if you want. It let’s me cruise through my emails.

  • Interesting ideas. However, the presentation (article form) feels … I don’t know, like a sales person. Reading the article felt like hearing a guy that talks and talks and talks without so much of a small breather between phrases. It’s like too much ideas are packed in a small amount of space.